Which history findings increase the risk for a second primary breast cancer occurrence?

Updated: Feb 04, 2021
  • Author: Pavani Chalasani, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: John V Kiluk, MD, FACS  more...
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A history of breast cancer is associated with a 3- to 4-fold increased risk of a second primary cancer in the contralateral breast. [38, 39, 40] The presence of any premalignant ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) or LCIS confers an 8- to 10-fold increase in the risk of developing breast cancer in women who harbor untreated preinvasive lesions. [41, 42]

A history of breast biopsy that is positive for hyperplasia, fibroadenoma with complex features, sclerosing adenosis, and solitary papilloma have been associated with a modest (1.5- to 2-fold) increase in breast cancer risk. [41, 42] In contrast, any diagnosis of atypical hyperplasia that is ductal or lobular in nature, especially in a woman under the age of 45 years, carries a 4- to 5-fold increased risk of breast cancer, with the increase rising to 8- to 10-fold among women with multiple foci of atypia or calcifications in the breast. [43]

Benign breast lesions, including fibrocystic disease such as fibrocystic change without proliferative breast disease or fibroadenoma, have not been associated with increased risk. [44]

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