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CA Cancer J Clin. 2014 May-Jun;64(3):186-94. doi: 10.3322/caac.21225. Epub 2014 Mar 19.

Priorities for the primary prevention of breast cancer.

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Niess-Gain Professor of Surgery, Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center and Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.


Despite recent calls to intensify the search for new risk factors for breast cancer, acting on information that we already have could prevent thousands of cases each year. This article reviews breast cancer primary prevention strategies that are applicable to all women, discusses the underutilization of chemoprevention in high-risk women, highlights the additional advances that could be made by including young women in prevention efforts, and comments on how the molecular heterogeneity of breast cancer affects prevention research and strategies.


breast cancer; chemoprevention; epidemiology; primary prevention; timing

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