GULHANE MEDICAL JOURNAL 2003 , Vol 45 , Issue 2
Some Sociodemographic and Disease Characteristics of Female Breast Cancer Patients, Followed at Gülhane Military Medical Academy, Department of Medical Oncology, Between 1992-2002
Dr. Selim KILIÇ1, Dr. Sabahat TEZCAN2, Dr. Şeref KÖMÜRCÜ3, Dr. Ahmet ÖZET3, Dr. Banu ÇAKIR2, Dr. Nazmi TÜMERDEM1, Dr. Bilal BAKIR1, Dr. Fikret ARPACI3, Dr. Bekir ÖZTÜRK3, Dr. Selmin ATAERGİN3, Dr. Okan KUZHAN3, Dr. Metin HASDE1
1GATA Halk Sağlığı AD.
2HÜTF Halk Sağlığı AD.
3GATA Tıbbi Onkoloji BD.
The study in which we investigated some sociodemographic and disease characteristics of 712 female patients with breast cancer, treated at Gülhane Military Medical Academy Medical Oncology Department, between 1992-2002 is a descriptive study.

The mean age of patients is 50.0± 12.1 years (median = 49). Of the patients, 54.5% were married, 10.5% were smoking and 3.5% were occasional drinkers at the time of first diagnosis. The proportion of patients without a history of pregnancy and breastfeeding were 6.4% and 11.6%, respectively. The frequency of female patients with a positive family history for breast cancer was 18.5%. The average of tumor size was 3.1 cm. Invasive ductal carcinomas and grade II tumors were the most common findings regarding tumor histology, and grade. Of cases, 39.9% no metastatic lymph node was detected at the first diagnosis. The ostrogen and progesterone reseptor positivity were detected in 62.2%, and 51.3% of women, respectively. Bone was determined as the most common metastatic tissue at the time of first diagnosis. As a result, the patients in GATA study group were diagnosed at an earlier stage in comparison with the patients in developing countries, however it is estimated that the diagnosis was done at a later stage in comparison with developed countries. Keywords : Breast Cancer, Sociodemographic Characteristics, Descriptive