|October 2009 · Vol. 21, No. 10
Comment & Controversy
Gail model is not the only breast cancer prediction tool
“WE MUST TAKE THE LEAD IN THE BATTLE AGAINST BREAST CANCER” ROBERT L. BARBIERI, MD (EDITORIAL, JULY).
My practice consists of menopausal patients, all of whom are screened annually to determine their risk of breast cancer. I use a simplified questionnaire that has accuracy similar to that of the Gail model. It is based on data from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) cohort and uses age, family history of breast cancer in a first-degree relative, and previous breast biopsies to predict estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer.