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Size Difference in Breasts May be Cancer Predictor - Breast Symmetry New Risk Factor for Breast Cancer

March 21st 2006

Size Difference in Breasts May be Cancer Predictor - Breast Symmetry New Risk Factor for Breast Cancer

Breast Symmetry

There are a few predictors that may increase the risk of breast cancer.  Now it appears that breast symmetry may have something to do with the disease.  In fact, according to a study published in Breast Cancer Research, “breast asymmetry could be a reliable independent predictor of breast cancer.”

Very few women have perfectly symmetrical breasts according to a report on ABC News.  The researchers believe that the difference in size could be very important.  The relative odds of developing breast cancer increased by 1.5 with each 100ml increase in breast asymmetry. 

Diane Scutt from the University of Liverpool, UK and colleagues looked at 252 mammograms of women who did not have breast cancer at the time of the mammography, but later developed the disease. 


The researchers compared this with a control group consisting of 252 women.  These women matched the age of women who underwent the mammography at the same time, but did not develop breast cancer. 

The study did not distinguish between the types of breast cancer.  There are several types according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The most common type of breast cancer is ductal carcinoma, which begins in the lining of the milk ducts.  Another type is lobular carcinoma, which begins in the lobules where breast milk is produced.  If a woman notices a large asymmetry, they may want to schedule more frequent breast exams.   

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