Friday 19 January 2018

Formula can predict breast cancer in women

Richard Gray

A new way of predicting a woman's risk of developing breast cancer has been developed.

Researchers at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, US, have produced a statistical formula that calculates a woman's risk of developing the disease over a 10- and 20-year period.

The technique, which examines their age, number of children, diet, lifestyle, weight, use of contraception and whether they have had hormone treatment, could help doctors identify patients who need to undergo more regular screening.

The technique, outlined in the medical journal 'PLOS Medicine', can also be used to predict the risk of ovarian and endometrial cancer.

In a trial involving almost 122,000 women, scientists found that the risk of developing breast cancer in women older than 50 ranged from 1.57pc to 21.78pc over a 10-year period. The risk ranged from 3.64pc to 35.11pc over 20 years.

The scientists found they were able to accurately predict those that developed cancer, particularly breast cancer. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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