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Minerva Ginecol. 1998 Jul-Aug;50(7-8):301-4.

[Breast cancer in pregnancy. Resistance to screening].

[Article in Italian]

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Istituto di Clinica Ostetrica e Ginecologica II, Università degli Studi, Bari.



An increasing number of women decide to become pregnant after 30 years of age, an age which begins to superimpose that of greater incidence of breast cancer, and therefore an ever-increasing number of women are destined to become pregnant during the growth of their cancers. Pregnancy associated breast cancer has a worse prognosis, but this prognosis is caused mainly from a delay in the diagnosis; for this reason the aims of this study have been to ascertain the reasons for this delay.


A sample of 500 pregnant women at term at the age of over 30 years spontaneously applied to the II Dept of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Bari, were perspectively examined through a questionnaire about non-instrumental breast checks carried out during the pregnancy.


Only the 7.4% of the women have been subjected to breast examination during pregnancy, most (67.6%) without troubles. The habit of self-examination has fallen from 28.4% to 6.2%. A greater care for cervical carcinoma has been underlined.


Pregnancy is a moment of less attention for the physician and patient about breast cancer, and this causes a delay in the diagnosis with consequent prognostic worsening. For this reason there must be a greater interest to this problem and a different diagnostic approach.

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