Use of CAM results in delay in seeking medical advice for breast cancer

  title={Use of CAM results in delay in seeking medical advice for breast cancer},
  author={Imtiaz A. Malik and S Gopalan},
  journal={European Journal of Epidemiology},
Cancer patients in developing countries often delay seeking medical advice. It can adversely influence the clinicopathological behavior and outcome of the disease process. This study was undertaken to obtain information about initial perceptions of patients presenting with breast lump, subsequent efforts to seek medical advice, frequency and reasons for delay in seeking medical advice and its possible impact on clinicopathological characteristics. We prospectively gathered data from 138… 

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  • I. Malik
  • Medicine
    JPMA. The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
  • 2002
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