Developments for GPs on breast cancer diagnosis

26 Oct 2017

Cancer Australia has developed new guidance for GPs to investigate and improve breast cancer diagnosis. The investigation of a new breast symptom: a guide for General Practitioners (the INBS Guide) has been updated in line with contemporary practice and latest evidence.

The INBS Guide is designed to support health professionals in the investigation of breast symptoms. The recommendations utilise the ‘triple test’ approach to diagnosis:

  1. medical history and clinical breast examination (CBE);
  2. imaging – mammography and/or ultrasound; and
  3. non-excision biopsy – fine needle aspiration (FNA) cytology and/or core biopsy.

The triple test is positive if any component is indeterminate, suspicious or malignant.

A multidisciplinary Working Group was established to provide expert input into the document, including a GP as the Chair.

You can find the INBS Guide on the Cancer Australia website.