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Migraines Correlate With Reduced Risk of Breast Cancer

 

In a newly published study, researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found a correlation between having a history of migraines and reduced risk of developing breast cancer. For some of the most common types, namely estrogen- and progesterone-receptor positive breast cancer, the risk was reduced by as much as 30%. According to Christopher Li, a co-author of the study, the researchers believe serum levels of hormones could be the common factor linking these diseases together. High levels of estrogen have previously been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, while low levels have been linked to increased risk of migraines. Li’s findings could provide “a new avenue to explore the biology behind risk reduction“. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A mammogram showing a cancerous tumor

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November 7, 2008 - Posted by | Medicine | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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