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    Breast assymetry associated with breast cancer risk

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/...n1423657.shtml
    (WebMD) The difference in the size of a woman's right and left breast may help predict her risk for developing breast cancer.

    Few women have perfectly symmetrical breasts, but the intriguing early research from the U.K. suggests that larger difference in size is an independent risk factor for the disease.

    In a study published Monday in the journal Breast Cancer Research, researchers reported that each 3.38-ounce increase in breast asymmetry, as measured by mammography, predicted a 50 percent increase in breast cancer risk.

    The average breast size of the 504 women in the study was 16.9 ounces, and the average asymmetry was 1.7 ounces to 2.03 ounces, says Diane Scutt, Ph.D., one of the study researchers.

    Only one woman in the study had breasts that were exactly symmetrical.

    "This early work is very encouraging," Scutt tells WebMD. "It certainly suggests that breast asymmetry could be a good independent predictor of breast cancer risk."

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    Asymmetry from growth spurt on or those that show up later say from a SCI?
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    obviously take him to the doc! better safe than sorry, but probably othing to worry about

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    Men account for 1 to 2% of all breast cancers. Take him to the doc and just mention it. Most docs should feel anything of consequence while checking lymph nodes during a decent physical. And just like women, men with a family history of any cancers should write down who, what kind and which side of the family had it. With breast cancer was it before or after menopause.
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