Benign breast changes and the risk for subsequent breast cancer: an update of the 1985 consensus statement. Cancer Committee of the College of American Pathologists

Arch Pathol Lab Med. 1998 Dec;122(12):1053-5.


The Cancer Committee of the College of American Pathologists has prepared an update of the consensus statement on premalignant breast lesions and breast cancer risk that was originally published in the Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine in 1986. The objective of this publication is to better define the relative breast cancer risk associated with specific histologic abnormalities by incorporating data derived from recent case-control studies. Explanatory notes are used to document and explain specific risk classifications. In addition to refining the degree of risk associated with individual lesions, such as fibroadenoma and atypical hyperplasia, this update includes a discussion of age-specific breast cancer risk and provides examples that can be used when counseling patients.

Publication types

  • Consensus Development Conference
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Breast Diseases / pathology*
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Carcinoma, Intraductal, Noninfiltrating / pathology
  • Female
  • Fibroadenoma / pathology
  • Humans
  • Hyperplasia / pathology
  • Papilloma / pathology
  • Risk