New guidance for GPs on breast cancer diagnosis

The ‘triple test’ is the recommended approach

New guidance for GPs has been developed to improve breast cancer diagnosis.

breast cancer diagnosis

Developed by Cancer Australia, the recommendations feature the ‘triple test’ approach to diagnosis, which refers to three diagnostic components:

  1. Medical history and clinical breast examination.
  2. Imaging – mammography and/or ultrasound.
  3. Non-excision biopsy – fine needle aspiration cytology and/or core biopsy. 

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