Cancer Causes & Control

, Volume 29, Issue 4–5, pp 399–404 | Cite as

Residential traffic noise and mammographic breast density in the Diet, Cancer, and Health cohort

  • Nina Roswall
  • Zorana Jovanovic Andersen
  • My von Euler-Chelpin
  • Ilse Vejborg
  • Elsebeth Lynge
  • Steen Solvang Jensen
  • Ole Raaschou-Nielsen
  • Anne Tjønneland
  • Mette Sørensen
Brief report



Traffic is the most important source of community noise, and it has been proposed to be associated with a range of disease outcomes, including breast cancer. As mammographic breast density (MD) is one of the strongest risk factors for developing breast cancer, the present study investigated whether there is an association between residential exposure to traffic noise and MD in a Danish cohort.


We included women with reproductive and lifestyle information available from the Diet, Cancer, and Health cohort, who also participated in the Copenhagen Mammography Screening Programme (n = 5,260). Present and historical addresses from 1987 to 2011 were found in national registries, and traffic noise was modeled 5 years before mammogram. Analyses between residential traffic noise and MD were performed using logistic regression.


We found no association between residential road and railway noise exposure 5 years before mammogram, and having a mixed/dense versus a fatty mammogram, and no interaction with menopausal status, BMI, HRT use, and railway noise exposure, for analyses on road traffic noise.


The present study does not suggest an association between residential traffic noise exposure and subsequent MD in a cohort of middle-aged Danish women.


Traffic noise Mammographic breast density Cohort study 



This work was supported by the European Research Council, EU 7th Research Framework Programme [Grant Number 281760].

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

The study complies with the current laws of Denmark, in which the study was performed. All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nina Roswall
    • 1
  • Zorana Jovanovic Andersen
    • 2
  • My von Euler-Chelpin
    • 2
  • Ilse Vejborg
    • 3
  • Elsebeth Lynge
    • 2
  • Steen Solvang Jensen
    • 4
  • Ole Raaschou-Nielsen
    • 1
    • 4
  • Anne Tjønneland
    • 1
  • Mette Sørensen
    • 1
    • 5
  1. 1.Danish Cancer Society Research CenterCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Public Health, Center for Epidemiology and ScreeningUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  3. 3.Department of Radiology, Diagnostic Imaging CentreCopenhagen University HospitalCopenhagenDenmark
  4. 4.Department of Environmental ScienceAarhus UniversityRoskildeDenmark
  5. 5.Department of natural Science and EnvironmentRoskilde UniversityRoskildeDenmark

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