Research on breast density as risk factor?

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Question from JFisch: What research has there been, or might be underway, to indicate what factors might change breast density and its power as a risk factor for breast cancer?
Answers - Ruth Oratz, M.D., F.A.C.P. I'm not sure that breast density in and of itself continues to be an important risk factor for future developments of breast cancer. However, there was an interesting abstract that stated that women who had a history of benign fibrocystic disease of the breast, particularly if atypical was present, had a higher risk of future breast cancer. This is consistent with information that has previously been reported.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Updates From the 2008 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium featured Ruth Oratz, M.D., F.A.C.P. and Carol Kaplan, M.D. answering your questions about the latest updates on breast cancer risk, screening techniques, treatment options, and more.

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