The Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool

Will DES Action groups succeed in getting DES acknowledged as a risk factor?

The Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool
An interactive tool designed by scientists at the NCI to estimate a woman’s risk of developing invasive breast cancer

The Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool is an interactive tool designed by scientists at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) to estimate a woman’s risk of developing invasive breast cancer. The tool has been updated for African American women based on the Contraceptive and Reproductive Experiences (CARE) Study, and for Asian and Pacific Islander women in the United States based on the Asian American Breast Cancer Study (AABCS).

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  1. Here is the Australian risk calculator
    See the page re Menstrual History. Q5 and there is the question: Did your mother take the anti-miscarriage drug DES when she was pregnant with you?
    The group DES Action NSW in Australia lobbied hard to have this question included and succeeded. This question should be included in the breast cancer risk calculators of every country where DES was used in pregnancy, but the reality is that DES Action groups have to step in and lobby.
    Carol Devine

    1. Hi Carol, Thank you for this information. It’s still a mystery to me why DES Action Groups have to lobby so soooooo hard to get DES acknowledged as a risk factor for Breast Cancer when there are so much evidence and scientific studies establishing the link. Kudos to you and DES Action NSW for all the successful lobbying and excellent advocacy work that you do down under. I wish victims of the DES tragedy in the UK could receive similar support to what your group provides to those in Australia who know or suspect DES exposure. Sometimes it feels like my husband and myself are the only one in the UK who are interested in shouting out loud for the DES exposed! With our limited resources we do our best to at least bring this matter to the attention of the general public! So much more should, must be done though!

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