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Breast Cancer Res. 2003;5(5):225-7. Epub 2003 Jul 23.

Can the stroma provide the clue to the cellular basis for mammographic density?

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  • 1Department of Radiology, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK. rmlw2@cam.ac.uk

Abstract

Mammographic density is recognised as a useful phenotypic biomarker of breast cancer risk. Deeper understanding is needed of the cellular basis, but evidence is limited because of difficulty in designing studies to validate hypotheses. The ductal epithelial components do not adequately explain the physical and dynamic features observed. The stroma is thought to interact with ductal structures in cancer initiation. Stromal tissues might account for the mammographic features, and this interplay can be hypothesised to relate risk to density. In a paper in this issue of Breast Cancer Research, Alowami has shown a relationship between density and stromal proteins, which might provide useful insight into mammographic density.

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12927028
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PMC314441
DOI:
10.1186/bcr642
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