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Do fatty breasts increase or decrease breast cancer risk?

Authors
Journal
Breast Cancer Research
1465-5411
Publisher
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
Volume
14
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/bcr3081
Keywords
  • Editorial
Disciplines
  • Biology

Abstract

Few studies have investigated the association of non-dense area or fatty breasts in conjunction with breast density and breast cancer risk. Two articles in a recent issue of Breast Cancer Research investigate the role of absolute non-dense breast area measured on mammograms and find conflicting results: one article finds that non-dense breast area has a modest positive association with breast cancer risk, whereas the other finds that non-dense breast area has a strong protective effect to reduce breast cancer risk. Understanding the interplay of body mass index, menopause status, and measurement of non-dense breast area would help to clarify the contribution of non-dense breast area to breast cancer risk.

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