The epidemiology of triple-negative breast cancer, including race
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Predictors of intrinsic breast cancer subtypes, including the triple-negative (TN) subtype, are largely unknown. We evaluated whether anthropometrics, demographics, and reproductive history were associated with distinct breast cancer subtypes.
Invasive breast tumors from a population-based case–control study of 476 (116 black and 360 white) Atlanta women aged 20–54, diagnosed between 1990 and 1992, were centrally reviewed and immunohistochemically analyzed for estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR) and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2); then grouped [TN (ER−PR−HER2−); ER−PR−HER2+; ER/PR+HER2+; ER/PR+HER2− (case-only reference group)]. Data were from interviews and anthropometric measurements; adjusted odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) were estimated using logistic regression, including both case-only and case-control comparisons.
From the case-only analyses and compared with the ER/PR+HER2− subtype, women with TN tumors were more likely to be obese than normal/underweight [OR = 1.89 (95% CI = 1.22, 2.92)]. Regardless of HER2 status, ER−PR− tumors were associated with black race, young age at first birth, having a recent birth, and being overweight.
Distinct breast cancer subtypes have unique sociodemographic, anthropometric and reproductive characteristics and possibly different pathways for development.
KeywordsBreast neoplasms Molecular epidemiology Tumor biology Race
Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2
Waist to hip ratio
Body mass index
Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results
Supported in part by awards RO1CA64292 (R.J.C., E.W.F., J.W.E., M.J.L.), RO1CA71735 (P.L.P.), the Avon Foundation (M.J.L., P.L.P.), the Glenn Foundation (M.J.L.), the Sindab Endowment (M.J.L.) and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science & Education Research Participation Program at CDC (M.J.L., K.F.T).
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