Lisbeth Bertelsen

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The protein encoded by the CHEK2 gene is involved in cellular repair of DNA damage. The truncating mutation, CHEK2*1100delC, seems to increase the risk for breast cancer. We investigated whether the CHEK2*1100delC mutation carrier status increases the risk for asynchronous contralateral breast cancer (CBC) and whether it interacts with radiation therapy(More)
BACKGROUND Results from randomized trials indicate that treatment with tamoxifen or chemotherapy for primary breast cancer reduces the risk for contralateral breast cancer. However, less is known about how long the risk is reduced and the impact of factors such as age and menopausal status. METHODS The study included 634 women with contralateral breast(More)
Given the greatly elevated risks of contralateral breast cancer (CBC) observed in breast cancer patients who carry mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2, it is critical to determine the effectiveness of standard adjuvant therapies in preventing CBC in mutation carriers. The WECARE study is a matched, case–control study of 708 women with CBC as cases and 1,399 women(More)
Reliable determination of familial risks for cancer is important for clinical counselling, cancer prevention and understanding cancer aetiology. Family-based gene identification efforts may be targeted if the risks are well characterised and the mode of inheritance is identified. Early-onset breast cancer in a family member is a risk indicator for cancer(More)
Although several risk factors are common to endometriosis and breast cancer, the results of observational studies of an association have so far been inconsistent. We evaluated the relationship between endometriosis and breast cancer on the basis of data on selected cancers and medical histories from the Danish nationwide cancer and hospital registries used(More)
PURPOSE To investigate whether oral contraceptive (OC) use and postmenopausal hormones (PMH) are associated with an increased risk of developing asynchronous bilateral breast cancer among women diagnosed with breast cancer younger than 55 years. PATIENTS AND METHODS The WECARE (Women's Environment, Cancer, and Radiation Epidemiology) study is a(More)
BACKGROUND The incidence rate of breast cancer in first-degree relatives of women with breast cancer has been hypothesized to become constant at a predetermined age in accordance with observations of a high, roughly constant incidence rate of contralateral breast cancer by age. We attempted to test this hypothesis in the Danish population with cancer(More)
Benign breast disease is associated with increased risk of breast cancer. To further clarify whether there is a genetic link between benign and malignant breast lesions, the authors identified 14,648 first-degree female relatives of 8,807 patients in whom breast cancer was diagnosed at <50 years of age by using Danish nationwide cancer and population(More)
The potential effects of oral contraceptive (OC) and postmenopausal hormone (PMH) use are not well understood among BRCA1 or BRCA2 (BRCA1/2) deleterious mutation carriers with a history of breast cancer. We investigated the association between OC and PMH use and risk of contralateral breast cancer (CBC) in the WECARE (Women’s Environment, Cancer, and(More)