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Striving for a cancer-free future

Predicting a woman’s future risk of breast cancer from her mammograms

Lead researcher

Dr Tuong Linh Nguyen

The University of Melbourne

Tumour type:

Years funded

Mammography is used to detect existing tumours, but it can also be used to predict a woman's risk of breast cancer in the future through the concept of mammographic density (MD). For women of the same age and body mass index, it is well established that MD is one of the strongest known risk factors for breast cancer in terms of differentiating women who will or will not develop the disease as strong as all the known genetic risk factors combined. This project aims to improve risk prediction from MD by identifying the optimal pixel brightness thresholds, by machine, for both Asian and Australian women using lifepool project.

Funding Body

Cancer Council Postdoctoral Fellowship