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Risk factors for fibrocystic breast disease and its histopathologic components






Journal of the National Cancer Institute 75(1): 43-50

Risk factors for fibrocystic breast disease and its histopathologic components

The relationship between various sociodemographic, reproductive, and other factors to the occurrence of fibrocystic breast disease was evaluated in a case-control study undertaken at five Connecticut hospitals from 1979 to 1981. The study groups comprised 590 women with biopsy-proven fibrocystic breast disease and 1,018 women with other surgical conditions. Among the premenopausal women, multivariate analysis suggested that high socioeconomic status, Jewish religion, low parity, a history of benign breast disease, a history of breast cancer in the mother or a sister, and low Quetelet index were associated with increased odds ratios (OR) for fibrocystic breast disease. Similar analysis for the postmenopausal women revealed increased OR for women with high socioeconomic status, a late age at menopause, and a history of benign breast disease. Current smokers as well as those who had had a tubal sterilization had significantly reduced odds of fibrocystic disease. There was no convincing evidence of linear trends according to degree of epithelial atypia for any of the variables considered. Although some variation in the OR emerged in the analysis according to selected histologic components, the results provided little evidence that women with biopsy specimens exhibiting gross cysts, sclerosing adenosis, papillary hyperplasia, or papillomatosis showed epidemiologic similarities with breast cancer patients.


Accession: 006345196

PMID: 3859695



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