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May 25, 2016

Online Calculator Predicts the Risk of Developing Breast Cancer

Scientists have created a new online calculator to help predict if you’ll develop breast cancer in the near future.

The calculator involves just six questions based on your age, ethnicity and race, family history of breast cancer, whether you’ve had a breast biopsy, and your breast density. It’s only applicable to women between the ages of 35 and 74, and takes about a minute to complete.

The calculator was tested using data from more than 1.1 million women, aged 35 to 74. The results were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

The study determined that the calculator accurately estimates a woman’s risk for breast cancer by using her breast density information, as well as diagnoses of benign breast disease (non-cancerous disorders that can affect the breasts).

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