Atypical hyperplasia: a morphologic risk factor for subsequent development of invasive breast carcinoma.

Department of Gynecologic and Breast Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC 20306.
Cancer Investigation (Impact Factor: 2.06). 02/1992; 10(5):433-41. DOI: 10.3109/07357909209024801
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