Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed during pregnancy. In fact, 5 percent of invasive breast cancers occur in women less than 40 years of age, and 7 to 14 percent of premenopausal breast cancers occur in pregnant women. Harrington and other surgeons in 1943 felt that the prognosis was so poor for pregnant women with breast cancer that radical mastectomy was not justified. As women delay both marriage and ...

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