Despite recent calls to intensify the search for new risk factors for breast cancer, acting on information that we already have could prevent thousands of cases each year. This article reviews breast cancer primary prevention strategies that are applicable to all women, discusses the underutilization of chemoprevention in high-risk women, highlights the additional advances that could be made by including young women in prevention efforts, and comments on how the molecular heterogeneity of breast cancer affects prevention research and strategies. CA Cancer J Clin 2014;64:186-194.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-194
Number of pages9
JournalCA Cancer Journal for Clinicians
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014


  • breast cancer
  • chemoprevention
  • epidemiology
  • primary prevention
  • timing


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