Reference Id: 2018-01843Title:IntroductionCancer arises through a series of somatic alterations in DNA that result in unrestricted proliferation. Most of the alterations involved in cancer first lead to loss of function in genes responsible for maintaining genomic integrity. The resulting chromosomal instability gives rise to micronuclei aka Howell-Jolly Bodies. Micronuclei are fragments of chromosomes or whole chromosomes that are left out of daughter nuclei during division. They are round to oval in shape with a diameter ranging from 1/3rd to 1/16th of the main nucleus. They are similar to the main nucleus in most every other aspect. The International Collaborative Project on Micronucleus Frequency in Human Population aims to assess the viability of the micronucleus method to assess chromosomal damage. It has proved that micronuclei study is a non invasive method of assessing genomic damage. Micronuclei have been used as a biomarker of genotoxicity as well, thus making it an apt candidate to use for detecting genetic damage and cancer risk. It has even been suggested that micronuclei may even contribute directly to tumour generation. Thus, the aim of this study will be to establish the differences between the micronuclei score seen in aspirates from benign and malignant breast tumours.ObjectivesAs micronuclei scoring is used to establish the existing level of genomic damage, it is also possible for it to be used as a tool to identify and grade malignancy. The objective of this study is to establish a relationship between the micronuclei score and the malignancy to prove that micronulei scoring is a feasible method for identifying breast carcinomas. This is to be accomplished by comparing micronuclei scores of a baseline population(fibroadenomas) with micronuclei score in infiltrating ductal carcinoma of the breast.MethodologyImplicationsIf a clear relationship can be established between the micronuclei scoring and the malignancy of a tumour, it provides us with a much simpler, quicker, easier, economic and minimally invasive method of detecting and grading breast carcinoma.