Breast cancer presentation in an urban health care Safety Net system.


Journal Article

We examined the Safety-Net referral process for breast diseases to identify factors contributing to delays within it. Each record was mapped to a time line beginning with first abnormality and concluding with definitive diagnosis/treatment. The median interval between first sign and definitive diagnosis/treatment was 93 days. Need for repeat imaging and missed visits prolonged the interval. System- and patient-specific factors were associated with delayed diagnosis/ treatment in breast patients referred through the Safety-Net specialty clinic.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Fayanju, OM; Jeffe, DB; Tappenden, JR; Beers, CE; Drake, BF; Gao, F; Margenthaler, JA

Published Date

  • September 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 109 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 405 - 411

PubMed ID

  • 23097949

Pubmed Central ID

  • 23097949

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0026-6620


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States