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A Family Physician’s Role in the Prevention, Diagnosis, and Management of Breast Cancer


Family physicians have an integral role in the prevention, diagnosis, and management of breast cancer. Breast cancer is the greatest medical threat to a woman’s health. The risk of breast cancer in a woman’s lifetime is 1 in 8. Physicians must be familiar with risk factors for breast cancer, be confident in examining the breasts, evaluating breast masses, and referring for treatment. This paper summarizes a family physician’s role in patients with breast cancer.