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Grant Number: 5R01CA097359-02 Interpret this number
Primary Investigator: Whittemore, Alice
Organization: Stanford University
Project Title: Breast Cancer Risk Modifiers in Brca Mutation Carriers
Fiscal Year: 2004


DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Lifetime breast cancer risks among carriers of mutations of the genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 have been estimated at 40-80%. Thus some 20-60% of carriers live to advanced ages without developing the disease, which suggests that other genes or personal attributes may modify carriers' risks. At present however, title is known about such personal characteristics. There is urgent need to determine which, if any, modifiable lifestyle characteristics may alter a carrier's risk of developing breast cancer, to assist her in making rational, informed choices about such preventive options as prophylactic mastectomy. We propose to use uniformly collected data from young (aged < 50 years) case (N=425) and control (N=352) carriers of deleterious BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations to evaluate associations between breast cancer risk and five modifiable characteristics. These are: history of oral contraceptive use, history of diagnostic or therapeutic chest irradiation prior to diagnosis, alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking, and physical activity patterns during puberty, young adulthood and middle age. We will focus on carriers under age 50 years at diagnosis (cases) or interview (controls) who have participated in an international Collaborative Family Registry for Breast Cancer Studies (CFRBCS) and in clinical studies in New York, Ontario and Australia. We will use unconditional logistic regression to estimate odds-ratios relating these attributes to breast cancer risk while controlling for potential confounders, and use robust variance estimators to account for any correlation present in attributes of related carriers. These data on modifiable characteristics from a large group of young carriers of BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations represent a unique resource for advancing our knowledge about breast cancer prevention in premenopausal women at high risk for the disease. The proposed analysis will provide new information on alternatives to mastectomy as a preventive strategy for these women.


Diagnostic chest X-rays and breast cancer risk before age 50 years for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers.
Authors: John E.M. , McGuire V. , Thomas D. , Haile R. , Ozcelik H. , Milne R.L. , Felberg A. , West D.W. , Miron A. , Knight J.A. , et al. .
Source: Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology, 2013 Sep; 22(9), p. 1547-56.
EPub date: 2013-07-12.
PMID: 23853209
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Smoking and risk of breast cancer in carriers of mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 aged less than 50 years.
Authors: Breast Cancer Family Registry , Kathleen Cuningham Consortium for Research into Familial Breast Cancer (Australasia) , Ontario Cancer Genetics Network (Canada) .
Source: Breast cancer research and treatment, 2008 May; 109(1), p. 67-75.
EPub date: 2007-10-31.
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Assessing environmental modifiers of disease risk associated with rare mutations.
Authors: Whittemore A.S. .
Source: Human heredity, 2007; 63(2), p. 134-43.
EPub date: 2007-02-02.
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