March 1981

Refinements in Breast Cancer Risk Analysis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Epidemiology and International Health, University of California, San Francisco.

Arch Surg. 1981;116(3):364-365. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1981.01380150082023

• Not all women with a family history of breast cancer are at high risk of the disease. Women with similar-appearing family histories of breast cancer can have very different risks. By assessing not only family history of breast cancer, but also whether such cases are premenopausal or postmenopausal and unilateral or bilateral, surgeons may more accurately assess a woman's breast cancer risk and be better able to determine appropriate treatment.

(Arch Surg 1981;116:364-365)