Risk Factors for Breast Cancer Before Disease Appears – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. At younger ages, women have a wider spectrum of breast density. Dr. Mark Sherman at the National Cancer Institute says that studying this may help predict breast cancer risk.
Dr. Sherman: I think there are two ideas in this notion of studying the younger women. One is to get closer to the biology and what’s happening in the early events that lead to the development of breast cancer. And then the second issue is risk stratification, to put people in higher or lower risk categories.
Narrator: Dr. Sherman says women’s breasts tend to get more dense as they age, making it harder to distinguish real risk from the onset of age-related fatty tissue. For details, visit www.cancer.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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