Mammographic patterns and breast cancer

J. N. Wolfe established four mammographic patterns based on the amount of fat, connective and epithelial tissue in a breast. Women in two of the four categories are considered to be at increased risk of breast cancer.

Researchers from Great Britain studied the effect of diet on these mammographic patterns. They observed that women with high intakes of carbohydrate and total protein were more likely to have the pattern associated with the risk of breast cancer. They observed that total meat consumption was strongly associated with high risk in post-menopausal women.

Earlier studies have shown that a high saturated fat intake increased the risk of mammographic high risk patterns, while carotenoid and fiber intake lowered the risk. (British Journal of Cancer 83(1)121-126, 2000)

Copyright 2000 Phylis A Austin

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