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Breast cancer

28 July 2011

Dense breasts raise cancer risk

Greater breast density is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer and certain aggressive tumor traits, new research says.

Greater breast density is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer and certain aggressive tumour traits, new research says.

As expected, this new study found that breast cancer risk rose progressively with increasing breast density. The researchers also found that the link between density and breast cancer was stronger for larger tumours than for smaller tumours, for high-grade tumours compared to low-grade tumours, for oestrogen receptor-negative tumours than for oestrogen receptor-positive tumours, and for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) tumours than for invasive tumours.

Dense breasts and aggressive tumours

 

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Dr Gudgeon qualified in Birmingham, England, in 1968. She has more than 40 years experience in oncology, and in 1994 she founded her practice, Cape Breast Care, where she treats benign and malignant breast cancers. Dr Boeddinghaus obtained her qualification at UCT Medical School in 1994 and her MRCP in London in 1998. She has worked extensively in the field of oncology and has a special interest in the hormonal management of breast cancer. She now works with Dr Gudgeon at Cape Breast Care. Read more.

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