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Breast Cancer Research and Treatment

, Volume 120, Issue 1, pp 161–163 | Cite as

Breast cancer hormone receptor status in Egypt: are we asking the questions that matter most?

  • Benjamin O. Anderson
Invited commentary

Drs. Dey, Soliman and colleagues have produced a valuable breast cancer study based on an analysis of the Gharbiah population-based cancer registry in Tanta, Egypt, a region located 90 kilometers north of Cairo in the Nile Delta Region [1]. Founded in 1998 through the Middle East Cancer Consortium (MECC), the Gharbiah registry represents an important new information source regarding cancer demographics in a major Middle Eastern population. This is a well executed study which presents some interesting data on hormone receptor status among Egyptian breast cancer cases. The investigators compared breast cancer incidence among patients in urban (62%) vs. rural (38%) areas and looked for differences in the biological features of breast cancers diagnosed between 2001 and 2006. They observed that among 3,673 cases, the incidence of estrogen receptor positive (ER+) breast cancers was 2–4 times higher in urban areas than in rural areas. Why would ER+ breast cancer be more commonly diagnosed in...

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Breast Cancer Urban Region Hormone Receptor Status Adjuvant Tamoxifen Seek Health Care 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Breast Health Global InitiativeFred Hutchinson Cancer Research CenterSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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