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Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2000 Apr;9(2):233-77.

A new era in the diagnosis of breast cancer.

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  • 1Department of Diagnostic Radiology, University of Turku Faculty of Medicine, Turku, Finland.


The regular use of high-quality mammography on asymptomatic women enables most breast cancers to be detected in the preclinical phase. Earlier detection dramatically rearranges the spectrum of breast cancer outcomes, resulting in better control of breast cancer. The new era requires a shift in thinking and a re-evaluation of the traditional diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to breast diseases. Tumors are smaller, less often node-positive, and have a more favorable malignancy grade. The challenge for diagnosticians is to find as many breast cancers as possible in the preclinical phase. The challenge for therapists is to adapt the treatment guidelines accordingly, in order to avoid over-treatment.

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