Evaluation of familial clustering of breast and prostate cancer in the Minnesota Breast Cancer Family Study

Dawn M. Grabrick, James R. Cerhan, Robert A. Vierkant, Terry M. Therneau, John C. Cheville, Donald J. Tindall, Thomas A. Sellers

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Few studies examining familial clustering of breast and prostate cancer (PC) have focused on a clearly defined high-risk population with epidemiologic risk factors. We conducted a cohort study of prostate cancer among a subset of 426 families ascertained through female breast cancer probands. Three groups of males were included: 804 relatives in 60 families with four or more breast or ovarian cancers, 536 marry-ins in these high-risk families, and 484 relatives in 81 families where only the proband had breast cancer. A total of 118 prostate cancers were reported. The rate of prostate cancer among blood relatives in high-risk families was significantly lower than among marry-ins (RR = 0.6, 95% C.I.: 0.4-0.9). The rate of prostate cancer among blood relatives in low-risk families was not significantly different from the rate among marry-ins (RR = 0.8, 95% C.I.: 0.5-1.2). These results provide little evidence that male relatives in high-risk breast cancer families are at increased risk of prostate cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-36
Number of pages7
JournalCancer Detection and Prevention
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003



  • Breast cancer
  • Familial aggregation
  • Prostate cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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