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Pol. Merkur. Lek (Pol. Med. J.), 2019, XLVII/279: 085-090

Title: Management of acute gastroenteritis in children  

Authors: Cipora E, Konieczny M, Czerw A, Mikos M, Budzik MP, Deptała A, Badowska-Kozakiewicz AM. 

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Causes of delays in breast cancer diagnosis in Poland


Cipora E1, Konieczny M1, Czerw A2,3, Mikos M4, Budzik MP5, Deptała A5, Badowska-Kozakiewicz AM5.

1Medical Institute, Jan Grodek State Vocational Academy in Sanok, Sanok, Poland; 2Department of Health Economics and Medical Law, Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland; 3Department of Economic and System Analyses, National Institute of Public Health – NIH, Warsaw, Poland; 4Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Cracow University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Cracow, Poland; 5Department of Cancer Prevention, Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Breast cancer is the most common malignant tumor in women. The results of breast cancer treatment to a large extent depend on the time of the primary diagnosis of the disease.
The aim of this study
was to determine the most common causes of the delay and the delay time in the diagnosis of breast cancer in Polish women.
Materials and methods
. The study was performed using a diagnostic survey and analysis of medical documentation from the Subcarpathian Regional Oncology Center, Poland. A total of 231 patients with diagnosed breast cancer were recruited to the study.
Results
. Delays in diagnosing of breast cancer were found in 83.1% of all the patients. The average time from the first symptom observation by a woman to the first medical consultation was on average 61.7 days. The most common cause of the delay in medical consultation in the examined group was a fear of diagnosing cancer (31.2%).
Conclusions
. The examined women require permanent health education in the field of breast cancer and the importance of early diagnosis of the disease for the effectiveness of treatment and prognosis.

Key words: breast cancer, diagnostics, early detection, cancer prevention

Pol Med J, 2019; XLVII (279); 85–90