Identifying suspected breast cancer: development and validation of a clinical prediction rule

McCowan, Colin; Donnan, Peter T.; Dewar, John; Thompson, Alastair; Fahey, Tom
May 2011
British Journal of General Practice;May2011, Vol. 61 Issue 586, p327
Academic Journal
The article discusses a study which focused on the development and validation of a clinical prediction rule for identifying suspected breast cancer in women at primary care. Findings revealed that 59 out of 802 patients were diagnosed with cancer and one with ductal carcinoma in situ. Factors associated with breast cancer include increasing age, perimenopausal status, multiparity, difference on examination between breasts, presence of a discrete or smooth lump, thickening lymphadenopathy, and increasing number of clinical signs.


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