Study links high cholesterol to increased risk of breast cancer

We know from past studies that obesity can cause a number of chronic medical conditions including diabetes and heart disease. Well a new study suggests women with high cholesterol , which is usually accompanied by obesity, may be at a higher risk of developing breast cancer.

The study was recently presented at the Frontiers in Cardiovascular Biology meeting in Barcelona, Spain, and was conducted by Dr. Rahul Potluri of the Algorithm for Comorbidities, Associations, Length of Stay and Mortality (ACALM) Study Unit at Aston University School of Medicine in the UK.

Past research suggests that the obesity of a woman influences the rate of breast cancer cell growth and tumor size which is fed by high cholesterol levels. The new findings indicate women with high cholesterol  are 1.64 times more likely to develop breast cancer.

“Statins are cheap, widely available and relatively safe,” says Dr. Potluri. “We are potentially heading towards a clinical trial in 10-15 years to test the effect of statins on the incidence of breast cancer. If such a trial is successful, statins may have a role in the prevention of breast cancer especially in high risk groups, such as women with high cholesterol.”

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