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J R Soc Med. 1992 April; 85(4): 206–207.
PMCID: PMC1294724

'I thought it would go away': patient denial in breast cancer.


A significant proportion of patients with cancer present late to the doctor. The characteristics of these patients and the reasons behind their delaying behaviour is poorly understood. In this study a group of 30 women with breast cancer who delayed their presentation were compared with a randomly selected group with the same disease. The women who presented late did not appear to fit into any particular socio-demographic category, but examination of their histories revealed widespread denial of illness and a diversity of beliefs and behaviour.

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