ABSTRACT: This study aims to describe and assess early diagnosis of breast cancer in women in the city of Crato, CE - Brazil. Two semi-structured interviews were applied to patients and nurses of Family Health Centers. Results show that a few professional nurses in ill equippedfacilities make effective use of breast examination techniques. However, patientsknow little about breast self-examination (BSE) and its importance, rarely performing it. The authors believe the necessary quality improvement involve professional and managerial staff in order to reach all patients.
Revista Brasileira em Promoção da Saúde. 01/2003;