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Investigation of a New Breast Symptom: A Guide for Family Physicians

The National Breast Cancer Centre (NBCC) of Australia has developed this guide to maximise the effectiveness of investigation of women who present to their family physician with a new breast symptom. The triple test approach is the recommended approach to maximise diagnostic accuracy in the investigation of breast changes, which includes the following components: medical history and clinical breast examination, imaging – mammography and/or ultrasound, non-excision biopsy – fine needle aspiration (FNA) cytology and/or core biopsy. Ultrasound and/or mammography should be conducted regularly from the age of 25.

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