Study shows women with high breast density have higher recurrence chance
Mar 22, 2012
New research presented at the European Breast Cancer Conference in Vienna showed that women over 50 who have denser breasts are at a greater risk of having their breast cancer return.
The researchers from the Karolinska Institute of Stockholm analyzed 1,800 mammograms of women between 50 and 74 to come to their conclusion that women with a higher breast density has a higher chance of recurrence.
"Our study shows that breast density before or at diagnosis should be taken into account even after diagnosis, for instance, when deciding on adjuvant [secondary] treatment and follow-up routines," lead researcher Dr. Louise Eriksson said in a meeting news release. "Perhaps women with dense breasts should be followed more frequently or for a longer period of time in order to quickly spot any local recurrence."
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. Not only is it the second most common form of cancer among women behind skin cancer, but it is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer.