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Breast cancer at a nuclear power station 

Breast cancer at a nuclear power station
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Breast cancer at a nuclear power station
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Adrian Harnett

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199664535.003.0007
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date: 20 August 2019

Breast cancer in young women is more likely to be hereditary and associated with a breast cancer gene (BRCA1 & BRCA2). When hereditary cancer is unlikely or been excluded as far as possible, a carcinogenic factor, such as drugs or radiation, may rarely be implicated. It is important to investigate this in the history. There may be indicators or points in the case that alert the clinician to an unusual presentation or pathology. Essentially, management is likely to be the same as for a standard invasive breast cancer, which may of course include breast reconstruction. There may be an increased risk of toxicity from treatment, depending on the patient’s individual situation. Late effects may also be increased, particularly as there is a risk of carcinogenesis causing further malignancies.

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