Breast cancer risk lower among women who suffer migraines, says study

Research published in the most recent issue of the monthly periodical Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention claims that women who suffer migraines are less likely to develop breast cancer and require cancer treatment.

Although the reason behind the findings is yet to be established, it is thought that there is a hormonal factor involving the oestrogen and/or progesterone-receptor positive forms of cancer.

Christopher Li, who was a member of the team that conducted the research, commented: "We found that overall women who had a history of migraines had a 30 percent lower risk of breast cancer compared to women who did not have a history of such headaches."

He added that hormones appear to be a cause of migraines in women and this is somehow linked to the incidence of breast cancer.

Dr Li cited the example of women who use the oral pill and go on to experience migraines during their pill-free week but not during the three weeks when their hormones are suppressed.

According to Cancer Research UK breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK.

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