This study examined whether breast density is associated with risk of breast cancer in women age ≥65 years undergoing screening mammography in community practice. Methods: We used prospective cohort data between 1996 and 2012 from the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC). We calculated separate cumulative incidence models for breast cancer incidence according to Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) breast density for women ages 65–74 and ages ≥75. Multivariable Cox proportional hazards regression models were fitted to determine the risk of invasive breast cancer adjusted for BCSC registry, race/ethnicity, BMI, hormone therapy use and benign breast disease. Results: Among the 403,268 women included in the study, approximately 40% were ages ≥75. The annual incidence rate of invasive breast cancer increased with increasing breast density among women ages 65–74 [BI- RADS fatty breasts: 2.2% (95% CI, 2.1%–2.4%) vs. heterogeneously or extremely dense breasts: 4.7% (95% CI, 4.6%–4.9%)] and women ages 75+ [BI-RADS fatty breasts: 2.3% (95% CI, 2.1%–2.5%) vs. heterogeneously or extremely dense: 4.3% (95% CI, 4.1%–4.5%)]. Women with BI-RADS fatty breasts had a decreased risk of breast cancer among women ages 65–74 [HR: 0.66 (95% CI: 0.58%–0.78%) and women ages ≥75 [HR: 0.73 (95% CI: 0.62%–0.87%). Women with BI-RADS heterogeneously or extremely dense breasts were found to have increased risk of breast cancer among women ages 65–74 [HR: 1.39 (95% CI: 1.28%–1.51%)] and women ages ≥75 [HR: 1.23 (95% CI: 1.10%–1.37%)]. Conclusions: Older women with higher BI-RADS density had a significantly increased risk of breast cancer. These findings add further evidence that breast density continues to be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, even among women age ≥75 years.

The following are the 17 highest scoring abstracts of those submitted for presentation at the 42nd Annual ASPO meeting held March 11–13, 2018, in New York, NY.