Breast Cancer and Women Over 60

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Breast Cancer is a type of malignancy which attacks the breast cells and tissue leading to the appearance of clinical signs and symptoms of the disease. Breast cancer up to this date is still considered as one of the most common malignancies that affect the women populations although men can also have the disease.

For this reason, many researchers and health care professionals are investing their time and efforts in conducting further studies to discover what could be the major contributory factor that could increase the risk of women to have cancer of the breast. With these, researchers have identified many factors which could increase the health risks of women. These includes: nutrition, lifestyle, work condition, and association o another disease.

Recently, another new study has associated increase risk for breast cancer among women with diabetes and obesity when they are already in their 60th year. This means that the risk of having breast cancer seemed to be elevated among older women who are also suffering from obesity and diabetes.

The new study which was presented at a medical meeting, and the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. The study involved the analysis and examination of data gathered from medical records of about more than 2,700 patients who were followed for about a period of ten years before these patients developer cancer of the breast.

In addition, the researchers also included in the study medical records of about 20,500 patients who did not develop the said disease. In this method, the researchers have examined not only women with breast cancer, but as well the general population as a whole.

Moreover, researchers found out that those women who belong to the age group of 60 and above and were obese actually had an increase risk to breast cancer by 55 per cent. Also, researchers noted that women at any age who have diabetes after 4 years of diagnosis had about 37 per cent elevated risk of developing breast cancer in the future.

As according to researcher Dr. Hakan Olsson, a professor of oncology at Lund University in Lund, Sweden, the type of drugs which are taken by these women to treat their diabetes seemed to be influencing the risk for breast cancer. Nevertheless, the researchers have noted that the findings of the study need to be further analysed and reviewed in order to make necessary conclusions and recommendations.



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