Benign breast disease factors could put African-American women at risk for cancer, Wayne State University researcher finds
Micrograph showing fibrocystic breast changes. Photo credit: Wikipedia.org.
A Wayne State University School of Medicine researcher has identified characteristics in benign breast disease associated with future cancer risk in African-American women.
Michele Cote, Ph.D., associate professor of Oncology for the School of Medicine and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, recently reviewed data from about 1,400 20- to 84-year-old African-American women who underwent breast biopsies between 1997 and 2000. Researchers identified biopsies that showed benign breast disease, or BBD, and also tracked subsequent breast cancers.
BBD is an established risk factor for breast cancer among Caucasian women, Cote said, but less is known about it in African-American women, who tend to get breast cancer earlier, in more aggressive forms and die more frequently from it.