Journal article

Tumour size at detection according to different measures of mammographic breast density

Carolyn Nickson, Anne M Kavanagh

JOURNAL OF MEDICAL SCREENING | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2009

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Breast cancer prognosis is better for smaller tumours. Women with high breast density are at higher risk of breast cancer and have larger screen-detected and interval cancers in mammographic screening programmes. We assess which continuous measures of breast density are the strongest predictors of breast tumour size at detection and therefore the best measures to identify women who might benefit from more intensive mammographic screening or alternative screening strategies. SETTING AND METHODS: We compared the association between breast density and tumour size for 1007 screen-detected and 341 interval cancers diagnosed in an Australian mammographic screening programme between 199..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Project


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and Department of Human Services Victoria, Australia. CN was supported by a National Breast Cancer Foundation Women in Super Postgraduate Scholarship and National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant 509357, on which she is a Chief Investigator. We thank Georgina Marr and Kathryn Morris for conducting the breast density measurements and Breastscreen Victoria for providing data and assistance with the project.