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J Am Coll Surg. 1994 Mar;178(3):213-9.

1991 national survey of carcinoma of the breast by the Commission on Cancer.

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Commission on Cancer, American College of Surgeons, Chicago.


A nationwide survey of patterns of care for carcinoma of the breast was conducted by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Information regarding patient history, diagnostic tests, treatment, survival and disease status was obtained for 17,295 patients treated during 1983 and 24,356 patients treated during 1990. The results indicate that patients diagnosed in recent years (1990) are being treated at an earlier stage of the disease compared with the 1983 survey and the findings of earlier years, probably because of the use of mammography. Surgical treatment for conservation of the breast is being used more frequently, but modified radical mastectomy remains the most commonly used surgical treatment.

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