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Bone mineral density and breast cancer risk: Results from the Vorarlberg Health Monitoring & Prevention Program and meta-analysis.

Bone mineral density and breast cancer risk: Results from the Vorarlberg Health Monitoring & Prevention Program and meta-analysis.

Bone Rep. 2017 Dec;7:83-89

Authors: Nagel G, Peter RS, Klotz E, Brozek W, Concin H

We investigated the association between bone mineral density (BMD) and breast cancer risk in a large prospective cohort and quantified the evidence in a meta-analysis of prospective studies. Baseline BMD has been measured by dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA, N = 1418). Data on medication and lifestyle has been collected by questionnaire. Cox proportional Hazards models were applied to calculate Hazard Ratios for breast cancer. In addition, a meta-analysis on categorical and dose-response values including the current results has been performed applying random-effects models. During mean follow-up of 16.3 (SD 3.3) years of 1380 women (mean age 55.5 ± 6.3 years), 52 cases of invasive breast cancer were identified. We found no statistically significant association of BMD with breast cancer risk (per one z-score increase, HR 0.91, 95% CI 0.67-1.23). In the meta-analysis, however, breast cancer risk increased by 15% and 16% per 0.1 g/m(2) increase in BMD at the lumbar spine (95% CI 0.99-1.33) and at the femoral neck (95% CI 1.02-1.32), respectively. Compared to the lowest, the HRs for breast cancer were statistically significant for the highest BMD category, i.e. 1.49 (95% CI 1.04-2.13) at the lumbar spine and 1.66 (95% CI 1.26-2.18) at the femur. We found no association between BMD (DXA) and breast cancer risk in our cohort. However, overall the present meta-analysis extends and confirms the statistically significant association between increasing BMD and increased breast cancer risk.

PMID: 29018837 [PubMed]

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