ABSTRACT: Breast carcinoma presents a decade earlier in Mexican
women than in women in the United States or European countries
BACKGROUND: In Mexico, breast carcinoma is the second most frequent
malignancy, representing 10.6% of all cases and 16.4% of all cancers in
women, with an increase in breast carcinoma mortality rates from 3.6 per
100,000 women in 1985 to 6 per 100,000 women in 1994. Most of the tumors
are diagnosed in advanced stages with little chance of cure.
CONCLUSIONS: It is necessary to change the guidelines of breast
carcinoma screening in Mexican women, to increase the possibility
of early diagnosis and better survival.
Lancet Oncology, June 2001
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