Breast Cancer Risk Factors in Turkey: a Hospital-based Case-control Study
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Background: Regional disparities in breast cancer (BC) outcomes have been reported in Turkey. Methods: In a hospital-based case-control study in Sivas, Turkey, 172 patients with histologically confirmed BC were compared with 383 controls, recruited from visitors in various departments of the same hospital, who had not been previously diagnosed with BC. Information was collected from both groups using a questionnaire and logistic regression analysis was applied to assess associations between each risk factor and BC risk with adjusted odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs). Results: In multivariable models, family history of BC (OR= 4.67, 95% CI: 2.23-9.76), history of smoking (OR= 1.75, 95% CI: 1.08-2.84), and higher education level (OR= 2.88, 95% CI: 1.64-5.07) were the strongest predictors of BC in the study population. A separate analysis studying only postmenopausal women using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) (comparing duration of use, > 36 months versus = 36 months, P< 0.05) found that use of HRT was also a risk factor for BC. Duration of HRT use (P< 0.05) was significantly associated with the elevated risk. On the other hand, certain factors such as first full-term pregnancy before age 30 (.2= 5.755 P< 0.05) and higher parity (.2= 20.731, P< 0.05) were found to be protective factors for BC. Conclusion: The findings of the present study indicate that family history of BC, history of smoking, education, and HRT are factors significantly associated with increased BC risk among Turkish women within the area of Central Anatolia, Turkey.