Link between Family Histories of Prostate Cancer and Women’s Risks of Breast Cancer Discovered

March 10, 2015 9:12 AM

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A new study, based on 78,171 women who had been examined in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study between 1993 and 1998, and whose evolution was traced until 2009, revealed that women who come from families with a medical history of prostate cancer or breast cancer have increased rates of breast cancer. While the fact that having relatives with breast cancer increases a woman’s risks of developing the disease herself was widely-accepted knowledge, the connection between male relatives with prostate cancer and the occurrence of breast cancer in women is a new finding. The research team who conducted the study has published the results online, yesterday, March 9, in the medical journal Cancer.

Researcher Jennifer Beebe-Dimmer, from the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, affiliated with Wayne State University in Detroit, was part of this research team. She wrote that women who have first degree relatives (fathers, brothers or sons) suffering from prostate cancer are have the most signi...

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