Dense breast tissue linked to breast cancer:
This article was originally published in Clinica
Measuring the density of breast tissue with mammography could help predict whether women with a family history of breast cancer are at risk of the disease, according to a Canadian study. Researchers compared the densities of familial breast cancer patients with those of control subjects patients who also had a family history of the disease. Their results, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (August 18), showed that the relative risks between most and least extensive categories of breast density varied from 2.42 for women with two or more first- or second-degree relatives with breast cancer to more than 11 for those with at least one first-degree relative with the disease.