Benign breast disease. Diagnosis and treatment.

P. M. Wilcox, D. S. Ettinger

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Breast disease is a common problem found in approximately one of four women from puberty to old age. Of greatest importance to the health care provider is identifying the type of breast disorder and its relative seriousness. Precancerous mastopathy is of major concern, as are other significant forms of benign breast disease, both symptomatic and asymptomatic. Awareness of the many facets of benign breast disease on the part of the health care provider and the patient can heighten sensitivity to subtle changes in breast tissue. Identification of precancerous mastopathy has its greatest impact for early diagnosis of breast cancer. The patient with benign breast disease can be offered reassurance, support and symptomatic treatment for the benign breast disorder by the primary health care provider.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)739-754
Number of pages16
JournalPrimary Care - Clinics in Office Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1977
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)


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