Breast cancer

U. Veronesi, P. Boyle

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Breast cancer is a major health problem worldwide. Approximately 1.2 million new cases are diagnosed every year and 400000 women die from the disease. Incidence is increasing, but mortality is decreasing in Europe and America. The risk factors are mainly reproductive factors such as low parity and late first pregnancy. Primary prevention is mainly based on pharmacoprevention with tamoxifen and fenretinide. Early detection through screening programs is the best public health measure to reduce mortality. Treatments are improving with better surgery and radiotherapy, more targeted chemotherapy, and an improved quality of life. © 2008

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Public Health
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780123739605
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Breast cancer
  • Chemoprevention
  • Diagnosis
  • Dietary factors
  • Molecular medicine
  • Oncology
  • Pathogenesis
  • Radiotherapy
  • Staging
  • Systemic treatments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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