October 6, 2009

New Test Assesses Individual Breast Cancer Risk

By Kelley Luckstein

Analyzing individual breast tissue for specific structural characteristics may more precisely determine a woman's risk for developing breast cancer.


In the Oct. 5 online issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, researchers report that the more acini a woman has -- these are the sacs that produce milk -- and the larger her breast lobules, the higher the chance she will get breast cancer.


"A tremendous number of women get breast biopsies from abnormal mammograms. They number 1 to 2 million people a year in the U.S. alone," said study co-author Derek Radisky, an assistant professor of biochemistry at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla.


HealthDay by Amanda Gardner, 10/5/09


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