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World J Clin Oncol. Jun 10, 2016; 7(3): 321-323
Published online Jun 10, 2016. doi: 10.5306/wjco.v7.i3.321
Awareness that early cancer lump is painless could decrease breast cancer mortality in developing countries
Pankaj Garg
Pankaj Garg, Department of Surgery, Indus Super Specialty Hospital, Punjab 141001, India
Author contributions: Garg P conceived the idea, designed the study, drafted the manuscript, revised the manuscript and submitted the manuscript.
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Correspondence to: Dr. Pankaj Garg, MBBS, MS, FIAGES, Department of Surgery, Indus Super Specialty Hospital, Phase 1, Sector 55, Mohali, Punjab 141001, India. drgargpankaj@yahoo.com
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Received: October 20, 2015
Peer-review started: October 21, 2015
First decision: February 2, 2016
Revised: February 10, 2016
Accepted: March 22, 2016
Article in press: March 23, 2016
Published online: June 10, 2016
Core Tip

Core tip: Breast cancer mortality is quite high in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) despite low incidence levels in these countries. One of the major reasons for this is late presentation of patients to clinicians in LMICs. The late presentation can be due to either inability to detect lump early or late realization that the detected lump can be cancerous. For the latter, lack of awareness that early cancer lump is painless (ECLIPs) is one major reason. Moreover creating awareness about ECLIPs is easy and cost effective. Therefore ECLIPs awareness should be part of breast cancer national programs in LMICs.