Breast Density, Body Mass Index, and Breast Cancer Risk: Implications for Clinical and Public Health Settings

DEB First Friday Seminar
MH-1401/1402

Natalie J. Engmann, MSc, PhD(c) - Doctoral Candidate, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, NRSA Fellow, National Cancer Institute

Title: Breast Density, Body Mass Index, and Breast Cancer Risk: Implications for Clinical and Public Health Settings

Summary: Breast density and obesity are two of the most common risk factors for breast cancer among U.S. women and are increasingly used for clinical breast cancer risk stratification. However, the importance of these risk factors and their combined effects on breast cancer incidence in individuals and populations is relatively unknown. Natalie’s dissertation uses novel measures of breast density to evaluate the independent and joint effects of breast density and obesity on breast cancer, providing insights into the public health impact and clinical relevance of these two risk factors for breast cancer.