Symptoms and signs
Breast symptoms are a relatively uncommon presentation in primary care. It is estimated that between 0.35% and 0.6% of all consultations in Scotland are for breast symptoms. Many of these consultations will be in young women, whereas the biggest risk factor, after gender, is increasing age. Incidence of breast cancer in women aged 30-35 is 33 per 100,000 population and approximately 81% of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50.
Breast cancer accounts for 30% of cancers in women and around 4,400 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in Scotland each year; approximately 20 of these are men. The following recommendations seek to improve the referral and effective management of breast symptoms in women and men in primary care.
Guidance for referral to regional genetics centres for those with a family history of breast cancer is available at: Cancer Genetic Services Scotland