Towards prevention of breast cancer: What are the clinical challenges?

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The dramatic increase in breast cancer incidence compels a paradigm shift in our preventive efforts. There are several barriers to overcome before prevention becomes an established part of breast cancer management. The objective of this review is to identify the clinical challenges for improved breast cancer prevention and discuss current knowledge on breast cancer risk assessment methods, risk communication, ethics, and interventional efforts with the aim of covering the aspects relevant for a breast cancer prevention trial. Herein, the following five areas are discussed: (i) Adequate tools for identification of women at high risk of breast cancer suggestively entitled Prevent! Online. (ii) Consensus on the definition of high risk, which is regarded as mandatory for all risk communication and potential prophylactic interventions. (iii) Risk perception and communication regarding risk information. (iv) Potential ethical concerns relevant for future breast cancer prevention programs. (v) Risk-reducing programs involving multileveled prevention depending on identified risk. Taken together, devoted efforts from both policy makers and health care providers are warranted to improve risk assessment and risk counseling in women at risk for breast cancer to optimize the prevention of breast cancer.


External organisations
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Skåne University Hospital
  • Karolinska Institutet
  • Södersjukhuset
  • Duke University
Research areas and keywords

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  • Cancer and Oncology
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-264
Number of pages10
JournalCancer Prevention Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2018 May 1
Publication categoryResearch