No Higher Risk of Breast Cancer for Women With Migraines

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
No Higher Risk of Breast Cancer for Women With Migraines
No Higher Risk of Breast Cancer for Women With Migraines

(HealthDay News) -- Migraine headaches do not raise the risk for breast cancer, according to research published online Dec. 12 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

"We don't really understand the cause of migraines, but there has been a suggestion that they may be triggered by hormone levels," lead researcher Rulla Tamimi, Sc.D., an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, told HealthDay. "We know that hormone levels are also associated with breast cancer, so perhaps there could be a link between migraine and breast cancer." But the report observed no association between migraine and breast cancer or migraine and female sex hormones, Tamimi said.

The study relied on data from 115,378 women who took part in the Nurses' Health Study II, of whom 17,696 suffered from migraine. Over 20 years of follow-up, no association with breast cancer was observed.

Tamimi's team also looked at the levels of sex hormones of 2,034 premenopausal women and found no link between hormone levels and migraines. The research data, which included analysis of four other studies, hinted that migraine might even lower the risk for breast cancer, but that appeared to be a result of study design and not necessarily a real link, the researchers said.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Trending Activities

All Professions

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

FDA Permits Marketing of Brain Stimulation Device for OCD

FDA Permits Marketing of Brain Stimulation Device for ...

FDA previously approved transcranial magnetic stimulation for major depression, certain migraines

Comments Open on End of NIH Review for Gene Therapy Studies

Comments Open on End of NIH Review for ...

NIH oversight panel no longer plans to review all applications for gene therapy experiments

U.S. Measles Outbreak Hits 107 Cases in 21 States, D.C.

U.S. Measles Outbreak Hits 107 Cases in 21 ...

Outbreak on track to exceed last year's; most of the people who got measles weren't vaccinated

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »