Journal article

Mammographic density and the risk and detection of breast cancer

Norman F Boyd, Helen Guo, Lisa J Martin, Limei Sun, Jennifer Stone, Eve Fishell, Roberta A Jong, Greg Hislop, Anna Chiarelli, Salomon Minkin, Martin J Yaffe

NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE | MASSACHUSETTS MEDICAL SOC | Published : 2007

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Extensive mammographic density is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer and makes the detection of cancer by mammography difficult, but the influence of density on risk according to method of cancer detection is unknown. METHODS: We carried out three nested case-control studies in screened populations with 1112 matched case-control pairs. We examined the association of the measured percentage of density in the baseline mammogram with risk of breast cancer, according to method of cancer detection, time since the initiation of screening, and age. RESULTS: As compared with women with density in less than 10% of the mammogram, women with density in 75% or more had an inc..

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