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The World in Medicine
May 18, 2011

Breast Cancer in Poor Countries

JAMA. 2011;305(19):1953. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.634

New guidelines seek to improve the early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer in low-income and middle-income countries (LMCs) (Anderson BO et al. Lancet Oncol. 2011;12[4]:387-398).

Late-stage disease presentation contributes to lower breast cancer survival rates in LMCs compared with high-income countries. Additionally, health care professionals in developing countries may lack sufficient training in cancer diagnosis, medical treatment, or surgical techniques for removing breast tumors.

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