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Breast cancer and pregnancy.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Surgical clinics of North America
Publication Date
Volume
79
Issue
5
Pages
1157–1169
Identifiers
PMID: 10572556
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Pregnancy-associated breast cancer has an overall worse prognosis than nonpregnancy-associated breast cancers because a large proportion present with more advanced disease. Stage for stage, however, the prognosis is similar. The various modalities used for screening, diagnosis, and staging of breast cancer are not always applicable during pregnancy. Often, a delay in diagnosis may contribute to a more advanced stage at presentation. The management of pregnant women with breast cancer is also different because it involves assessing the possible risks to the fetus versus the maternal benefits.

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