A Comparative Study on the Qualitative Dermatoglyphic Traits in Healthy, High-Risk Individuals and Patients with Breast Carcinoma.
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With a multitude of screening techniques designed for breast cancer, this study attempts to evaluate the relationship between qualitative dermatoglyphics across three age-matched subgroups - breast cancer patients, high-risk patients and healthy individuals.The study was carried out amongst 270 women, where 90 age-matched women were assigned to each sub-group. Dermatoglyphics of all fingers were collected after informed consent was given by standardised ink and paper method for a rolled fingerprint. Demographic details were taken via a verified pro forma.The most recurring patterns found were whorls, arches, radial loops, and ulnar loops. In women with breast cancer, it was found that all fingers displayed a higher frequency of whorls (p<0.0001), while in high-risk individuals arches were predominant (p<0.0001). Demographic factors such as age, religion and occupation also significantly contributed as significant parameters.Dermatoglyphics can prove to be a simple, practical, non-invasive and easily affordable screening technique for breast cancer patients which could hasten early diagnosis and treatment.
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