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Historia del cáncer de mama / History of breast cancer

Carlos Alfredo Barrón-Gallardo, Luis Felipe Jave-Suárez, Adriana Aguilar-Lemarroy



El cáncer de mama representa en la actualidad uno de los problemas de salud pública más grandes en México y en el mundo, pues es la primera causa de muerte por neoplasia en mujeres mayores de 25 años. Los primeros registros estadísticos oficiales en México corresponden al año 1982 y a nivel mundial a 1926. Sin embargo, existen registros de civilizaciones antiguas que denotan su existencia durante milenios. En esta revisión se resume parte de la historia del cáncer de mama, desde los egipcios hasta nuestros días y se incluyen las creencias que se tenían acerca de esta enfermedad, así como las aportaciones de grandes científicos que ayudaron a la comprensión y marcaron el rumbo en la prevención y el tratamiento del cáncer de mama.


Breast cancer currently represents one of the largest public health problems in Mexico and in the world, since it is the first cause of death due to neoplasia in women over 25 years. The first official statistical records in Mexico correspond to 1982, and worldwide to 1926. However, records of very ancient civilizations denote their existence for millennia. This review summarizes part of the history of breast cancer, from Egyptians to present day, including beliefs that were held about this disease, as well as contributions of great scientists who helped understanding and marked the course in prevention and treatment of breast cancer.

Palabras clave

Neoplasias de la Mama; Historia; Metástasis de la Neoplasia / Breast Neoplasms; History; Neoplasm Metastasis

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