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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 92-95

The pathological profile of Saudi females with palpable breast lumps: Knowledge that guides practice

Department of Surgical Pathology, University of Dammam, King Fahd Hospital of the University, Khobar, Saudi Arabia

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Areej Al Nemer
Department of Surgical Pathology, University of Dammam, King Fahd Hospital of the University, Khobar
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sjhs.sjhs_66_16

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Objective: The objective of this study is to determine the spectrum of pathologies of palpable breast lumps in females and their significance in different age groups in a setting where breast cancer (BCa) is prevalent in the younger population. This knowledge is crucial for modifications in the current screening programs. Materials and Methods: All needle biopsies for the complaint of breast mass felt by the female patients were retrospectively included over 4 years. Fisher exact test was used to determine the age of significant cancer risk. Results: Out of 140 cases met the inclusion criteria, 110 were BCa. The median age of BCa was 46 years. There was 68% positivity for BCa in cases belong to females below 40 years, and 75% in patients aged younger than 50 years. The age of 40 years old shows significant cancer risk. Conclusions: The results showed that almost 4 out of 5 females with palpable breast lumps subjected to needle biopsy had BCa. Although this risk is higher with increased age, BCa is a disease of young in the population under study. Review of the current preventive and management measures is critically needed.

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