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Breast asymmetry may increase cancer risk in women
www.chinaview.cn 2006-03-20 13:22:25

Breast asymmetry may increase cancer risk in women    BEIJING, March 20 (Xinhuanet) -- Women with one breast larger than the other may run a higher risk of developing breast cancer.

    Researchers from the University of Liverpool, UK, published a paper in Breast Cancer Research showing that breast asymmetry can be used as a "significant independent predictor" of breast cancer. 

    They examined the breast X-rays, or mammograms, of 252 women who developed the disease and 252 who did not. They found that the women who suffered cancer had less-symmetrical breasts than those who were disease-free.

    The chances of developing breast cancer increased by 50 percent for every 100 million increase in the difference between their breasts, the team found.  

    "Asymmetrical breasts could prove to be reliable indicators of future breast disease in women and this factor should be considered in a woman's risk profile," the report concluded. 

    Dr Diane Scutt, who led the research, acknowledged that perfect symmetry may be disturbed by factors such as hormones.

    Maria Leadbeater, a nurse specialist with the charity Breast Cancer Care, also cautioned: "There are many causes of breast asymmetry, and for many women having slightly different-shaped breasts is perfectly normal."  Enditem

    (Agencies)

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