High cholesterol may raise risk of breast cancer
Women with high cholesterol may be at increased risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new study.
Scientists at Aston University School of Medicine in the U.K. analyzed data collected from approximately 664,000 women. Based on information regarding breast cancer and hyperlipidemia, or high cholesterol, the researchers were able to estimate that the women with high cholesterol were about 1.64 times more likely to develop breast cancer than women with normal cholesterol levels.
The study’s findings, presented at the Frontiers in Cardiovascular Biology meeting in Barcelona, Spain, suggest that statins—drugs used to reduce levels of “bad” cholesterol in the blood—may be used to prevent breast cancer. However, the researchers concluded that their findings remain purely observational and can only be validated through further research.