Cholesterol levels may be tied to breast cancer risk

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New research suggests that maintaining careful control over cholesterol via medication may help prevent breast cancer. Authors of a study based at the Aston University School of Medical Sciences, in Birmingham, England,  rewviwed the records of some 660,000 female patients with breast cancer in England between 2000 and 2013, using a statistical model to examine the relation, if any, between higher cholesterol and breast cancer. According to their findings, higher cholesterol levels can increase the risk of breast cancer by as much as 64 percent. Results of this study were presented at a meeting in Barcelona, Spain, organized by the European Society of Cardiology this July.

Previous research has indicated some link between obesity in mice and cancer, so the study authors wished to examine the detrimental effects, if any, of hyperlipidemia in humans. Previous studies examining the link between cholesterol levels and breast cancer have shown mixed results, and lead researcher Rahul Potluri and other scientists have cautioned against assuming there is a direct link between breast cancer and cholesterol. The study did not factor in obesity, which could be an important variable. Dr. Harold Burstein, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and a spokesman for the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Harold Burstein, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and spokesman for the American Society of Clinical Oncology stated, "The link between cholesterol and breast cancer risk is mild, at most, and has not been a consistent finding in different studies, especially when other factors such as weight/obesity and diet are factored into the epidemiology."

Cholesterol levels may be tied to breast cancer risk
Cholesterol levels may be tied to breast cancer risk
FRIDAY July 4, 2014, 2014 -- High cholesterol levels may increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, a large new British study reports. The findings suggest that keeping tight control over cholesterol through medication could help prevent breast cancer, said lead author Rahul Potluri, a researcher at the Aston University School of Medical Sciences in Birmingham, England.
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