Navigation Links
The role of fat in assessing breast cancer risk
Date:10/25/2011

It is known that a high proportion of dense breast tissue, as seen with a mammogram, is associated with a high risk of breast cancer. But the role of non-dense fat tissue in the breast is less clear. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Breast Cancer Research separates the breast cancer risks associated with dense, fibroglandular tissue, and fat, and shows that large areas of either are independently associated with an increased risk.

The mammograms of postmenopausal women with breast cancer were compared to controls without cancer. The study used sophisticated computer software to read the films to reduce reader error (or intuition). The software simply compared dense versus non-dense tissue and was not looking for specific irregularities.

Not surprisingly older women and women with a higher BMI have a higher percentage of non-dense tissue. The women with breast cancer tended to have a larger area of dense tissue and a larger area of non-dense tissue so that the biggest risk was for women with the largest areas of both. However this is not necessarily reflected in breast size because the risk associated with fat, though significant, is lower than the risk associated with fibroglandular tissue. Consequently women with a smaller amount of dense tissue have a lower risk than those with more dense tissue for the same breast size.

Dr Carla van Gils, from the University Medical Centre Utrecht, who lead the research explained, "Fat tissue is known to produce the hormones such as oestrogen which are known to promote the growth of ER positive cancer. However it seems that it is the local fat tissue which is important to breast cancer risk at not just general body fat (as measured using BMI). Consequently it may be important to consider both types of tissue when assessing breast cancer risk."


'/>"/>
Contact: Dr Hilary Glover
hilary.glover@biomedcentral.com
44-020-319-22370
BioMed Central
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Assessing the most appropriate duration of dual antiplatelet therapy after coronary stenting
2. Noninvasive diagnostics may offer alternative to liver biopsy for assessing liver fibrosis
3. Assessing the value of treatments to increase height
4. Mortality rates are an unreliable metric for assessing hospital quality, study finds
5. Assessing positive outcomes of phase III trials
6. Researchers validate a new test for assessing childrens and teenagers fitness to prevent morbidity
7. Assessing the science behind health claims
8. Singling out the real breast cancer among the lumps
9. Rural women more likely to be diagnosed with most serious form of breast cancer
10. Probability model estimates proportion of women who survive breast cancer detected through screening
11. Breast Reconstruction Boosts Womens Emotional Well-Being: Study
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... 29, 2016 , ... Coalition Duchenne, a Newport Beach, California ... Duchenne research, participated in the April 25 U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory ... The meeting at the Marriott Conference Center in Hyattsville, Maryland was attended by ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... 29, 2016 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House of ... and AD, saying it is time to set the record straight. Traditionally, BC and ... simply cannot possibly be true and offers explanation. , “To start with, the Name ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... ... ... is offering a special deal on its webstore. , Buy 1 product and get ANYTHING ... product with lesser value. In addition, a free bonus of 3 top serums in ... "So many women (men, too) love our products and get good results. We want to ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... ... April 28, 2016 , ... CastCoverz!, America’s #1 ... AquaShieldUSA, the country's oldest waterproof cast protector . As the largest one-stop, ... largest selection of daily, night, weatherproof and waterproof covers for most orthopedic devices, ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... ... April 28, 2016 , ... Cosmetic Town, an online ... cosmetictown.com . The forum section was recently revamped and upgraded to allow even more ... in use across the country. , According to the senior editor of Cosmetic Town, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/28/2016)... , April 28, 2016 ... "Global Plastic Surgery Products Market 2016-2020" report ... ) , The global plastic surgery ... of 9.47% during the period 2016-2020. , ,The growing ... leading to the growth of the market. Lasers are ...
(Date:4/28/2016)...  The blood testing market in China ... Information and The Freedonia Group in a recent report.  ... The healthcare research firm said that China ... stations and in improving testing at the provincial level.  ... Blood Testing Market in China , which ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... , April 28, 2016 Dr. ... and Ste phen ... ArisGlobal®, a leading provider of cloud-based software solutions for life ... Pharmacovigilance team to bring a wealth of insight to a growing ... pharmacovigilance knowledge. George Phillips joined ArisGlobal in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: