Endogenous steroid hormone concentrations and risk of breast cancer among premenopausal women.

  title={Endogenous steroid hormone concentrations and risk of breast cancer among premenopausal women.},
  author={A Heather Eliassen and Stacey A. Missmer and Shelley S Tworoger and Donna Spiegelman and Robert L. Barbieri and Mitch Dowsett and Susan E. Hankinson},
  journal={Journal of the National Cancer Institute},
  volume={98 19},
BACKGROUND Higher levels of endogenous sex steroid hormones are associated with increased risks of breast cancer in postmenopausal women. Data for premenopausal women are sparse, in part because of the complexity of measuring hormone levels that vary cyclically. We prospectively evaluated associations between plasma sex hormone levels and breast cancer risk among premenopausal women in a case-control study nested within the Nurses' Health Study II. METHODS From 1996 to 1999, blood samples… CONTINUE READING
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