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Cancer Causes Control. 1994 Mar;5(2):167-76.

A case-control interview study of breast cancer among Japanese A-bomb survivors. II. Interactions with radiation dose.

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National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD.


Three breast cancer risk factors were evaluated in terms of their interactions with radiation dose in a case-control interview study of Japanese A-bomb survivors. Cases and controls were matched on age at the time of the bombings and radiation dose, and dose-related risk was estimated from cohort rather than case-control data. Each factor--age at first full-term pregnancy, number of deliveries, and cumulative lactation period summed over births--conformed reasonably well to a multiplicative interaction model with radiation dose (the additive interactive model, in which the absolute excess risk associated with a factor is assumed to be independent of radiation dose, was rejected). An important implication of the finding is that early age at first full-term pregnancy, multiple births, and lengthy cumulative lactation are all protective against radiation-related, as well as baseline, breast cancer. Analyses by age at exposure to radiation suggest that, among women exposed to radiation in childhood or adolescence, a first full-term pregnancy at an early age following exposure may be protective against radiation-related risk.

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