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Radiation dose and second breast cancer


Amongst 14,000 women with breast cancer treated between 1946 and 1982, 194 developed a second primary tumour in the contralateral breast more than one year after diagnosis of the first primary. The radiation dose to the contralateral breast was calculated for each member of this group and also for members of a control group matched for age, year of diagnosis and survival time. Comparison of the groups provides no evidence for radiation induced carcinogenesis on the contralateral breast in these patients.

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Basco, V., Coldman, A., Elwood, J. et al. Radiation dose and second breast cancer. Br J Cancer 52, 319–325 (1985).

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