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This edition of FP Essentials addresses a range of female breast concerns that family physicians and other primary care clinicians often encounter. Patients who are birth-assigned male, patients who identify as male, other patients with breast issues are not addressed in this edition.

Choosing topics and subtopics for FP Essentials is a deliberate and iterative process, involving the editors, editorial board members, and authors. During its annual meeting, the editorial board chooses topics based on needs assessments from learners and family physicians. A member of the editorial board creates an outline of the most important content to include for each topic based on a comprehensive literature search. Manuscript cohesiveness, space, and available evidence all factor into the decisions to choose certain topics and subtopics. For each edition, authors are solicited through a public call for proposals. As a medical editor, it is always interesting to see the different nuances that author teams use in approaching topics such as heart disease, wound care, or breast cancer.

Learners occasionally may think we have omitted relevant content in an edition. It is always difficult to create an edition that feels comprehensive and detailed but is focused enough to be useful in practice while also adhering to our publication parameters. Sometimes a topic that is left out of one edition becomes the foundation for a later edition.

In this edition, Section One focuses on breastfeeding, including the process, difficulties, and disparities. Benign breast conditions are addressed in Section Two. Section Three discusses breast cancer, including risk factors, screening, patient care, and disparities. Section Four addresses aspects of cancer survivorship.

I hope you find this edition useful in your practice and, as always, we welcome your feedback.

Kate Rowland, MD, FAAFP, Associate Medical Editor
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Rush University, Chicago, Illinois

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