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Hyperthyroidism increases breast cancer risk

Hyperthyroidism increases breast cancer risk
February 11, 2016

Women with hyperthyroidism have an increased risk for breast cancer, whereas there was a slightly decreased risk among women with hypothyroidism, according to study findings.

“In vitro experiments show that sex hormones such as estrogen play an important role in the proliferation of breast cancer cells,” Mette Søgaard, PhD, of the department of clinical epidemiology at Aarhus University in Denmark, said in a press release. “High levels of thyroid hormone levels can have estrogen-like effects, which may explain why hyperthyroidism is associated with higher risk of breast cancer.”

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