The Western Australian gestational breast cancer project : a population-based study of the incidence, management and outcomes

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This descriptive population-based study estimates the incidence, and describes the management and outcomes for women diagnosed with gestational breast cancer (GBC) aged 15-44 years in Western Australia between January 1982 and December 2000.Gestational breast cancer accounted for 6.25% of breast cancers in Western Australian women less than 45 years of age, and complicated 23.6 per 100,000 pregnancies. Two thirds were diagnosed postpartum and a third while pregnant. The median time from first symptom to diagnosis was less than four weeks. Women diagnosed during pregnancy were more likely to have a pregnancy termination. Over 50% of women were lymph node positive and those diagnosed postpartum were more likely to have a mastectomy. Five-year survival was better than reported previously (73%).The incidence of GBC was lower than previously reported. Significant differences in pregnancy outcome and management exist between the pregnant and postpartum groups. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-282
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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