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Palpable breast lumps: An age-based approach to evaluation and diagnosis

Francois Malherbe, Daniel Nel, Hunadi Molabe, Lydia Cairncross, Liana Roodt
South African Family Practice | Vol 64, No 1 : Part 4| a5571 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/safp.v64i1.5571 | © 2022 Francois Malherbe, Daniel Nel, Hunadi Molabe, Lydia Cairncross, Liana Roodt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 May 2022 | Published: 23 September 2022

About the author(s)

Francois Malherbe, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Daniel Nel, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Hunadi Molabe, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Lydia Cairncross, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Liana Roodt, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Abstract

A palpable breast lump is a common presentation of breast disease to a general practitioner. Fortunately, investigation of most of these lumps will lead to a benign diagnosis. It is essential to have a clear and systematic approach when investigating a palpable breast lump to avoid over investigation with the resultant increase in healthcare cost and anxiety. This article will discuss an approach to evaluating and diagnosing a palpable breast lump in the primary care setting.

Keywords

breast lump; palpable; primary care; diagnostic guide; age-based approach

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