Twenty years of breast cancer in Iran: downstaging without a formal screening program.

  title={Twenty years of breast cancer in Iran: downstaging without a formal screening program.},
  author={Iraj Harirchi and Shadi Kolahdoozan and Mojgan Karbakhsh and Nasrin Chegini and Sakineh Moayed Mohseni and Amir Montazeri and Amir Javad Momtahen and Amir Kashefi and Marjan Ebrahimi},
  journal={Annals of oncology : official journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology},
  volume={22 1},
BACKGROUND breast cancer (BC) is the most common malignancy among Iranian women. Although the relative incidence of BC is low, the cause-specific mortality is much higher than developed countries. The present study surveyed the overall trend of BC in Tehran. PATIENTS AND METHODS all breast pathologic records were studied in five major hospitals in Tehran during three phases (1: 1985-1995; 2: 1996-2000; and 3: 2001-2005). Malignant cases were classified according to the tumor-node-metastasis… CONTINUE READING
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