Could Cholesterol Levels Be Tied to Breast Cancer?


Yes. According to preliminary research conducted by Rahul Potluri, a researcher at the Aston University School of Medical Sciences in Birmingham, England. “This is a preliminary study and further research is required before anything can be confirmed,” Potluri said. “However, 10 to 15 years down the line, if further prospective studies confirm these findings, there is the possibility for a clinical trial of the use of statins in breast cancer.” Statins are prescription drugs used to treat high cholesterol.

The Association Between High Cholesterol and Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and at a time when organizations from the NFL to Delta Airlines to Panera Bread use pink in various ways to raise public awareness about breast cancer, it’s important to note the disease’s possible causes. The Aston University researchers reviewed medical records of over 660,000 female patients in Birmingham and Manchester in the UK between 2000 and 2013. The statistical model they used found an association between high cholesterol and breast cancer. A woman with high cholesterol is 64 percent more likely to develop breast cancer, according to the study’s results.

Correlation Doesn’t Necessarily Prove Causation

The human study took place after a study using mice. “We have a general principle that obesity is linked to breast cancer and a study in mice suggested that this may be because of cholesterol,” Potluri said. “We decided to investigate whether there was any association between hyperlipidemia, which is high cholesterol essentially, and breast cancer.”

Despite the findings, both Potluri and other medical experts said the association found by the researchers doesn’t constitute a direct link between breast cancer and high cholesterol.

Eric Jacobs, strategic director of pharmacoepidemiology for the American Cancer Society, said the results of the new study are “provocative” but “cannot be fully evaluated until details about the study are presented in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.”

There may be a link between high cholesterol and breast cancer. For more information about breast cancer, click here or call Test Smartly Labs of Overland Park at (913) 815-0988. We can conduct cancer screening and cholesterol checks to ensure your optimal health and wellness.

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