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;12:387-398).
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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