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The prevention of breast cancer. BJS 2003; 90: 772-783.

Published: 4th July 2003

Authors: R. S. Prichard, A. D. K. Hill, B. Dijkstra, E. W. McDermott, N. J. O'Higgins


Despite advances in the early detection and treatment of breast carcinoma, the mortality and morbidity rates associated with this disease remain high. Primary prevention, therefore, offers the best chance of making a major impact on outcome.


The aim was to review the rationale, current stage of development and adverse effects of the strategies involved in the primary prevention of breast carcinoma. A review of the literature was undertaken by searching the MEDLINE database for the period 1966–2002 without language restrictions.

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