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Why do older women delay presentation with breast cancer symptoms?

Burgess, C.C.; Potts, H.W.W.; Hamed, H.; Bish, A.M.; Hunter, M.S.; Richards, M.A.; Ramirez, A.J.; (2006) Why do older women delay presentation with breast cancer symptoms? Psycho-Oncology , 15 (11) pp. 962-968. 10.1002/pon.1030.

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Abstract

Women who delay their presentation with breast cancer for three months or longer are more likely to be diagnosed with later stage disease and have poorer survival. Older women, who are at greater risk of developing breast cancer, are also more likely to delay their presentation. Factors associated with delayed presentation were assessed in 69 women (>65 years) with breast cancer. Previous factors identified for women of all ages were confirmed (having a non-lump symptom p=0.003) or strengthened (non-disclosure of symptom discovery to a relative or close friend p=0.001). Additional factors for delay in this older group included reservations about seeing their GP (p=0.02) and fear of the consequences of cancer (p=0.04). These factors should inform the design of interventions to reduce delays.

Type:Article
Title:Why do older women delay presentation with breast cancer symptoms?
DOI:10.1002/pon.1030
Publisher version:http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/112469034/PDFSTART
Language:English
Keywords:breast cancer, age, patient delay, health-care seeking behaviour, cancer, oncology
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care > CHIME

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