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Migraines Decrease Breast Cancer Risk

Migraine sufferers take note! In an odd twist of hormone level functions, it looks like your pain might be protecting you. A new study discovered that women who have a history of migraines also have a 30 percent lower risk for developing breast cancer. Cancer researchers know that high levels of estrogen in the blood can increase a woman's risk for breast cancer. The thing about women who suffer from migraines is that they generally have low levels of estrogen. Even though the low levels of this hormone may trigger these agonizing episodes, it may also act as protection from the disease. This new data doesn't do much to help stop migraines, but it may help point researchers in new directions when it comes to finding ways to preventing certain types of hormone-related breast cancer.


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wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
My sister's oncologist just told her that on Friday and asked my sister how long she's had migraines. My sister has only suffered from migraines that are at my level for the last two years. The oncologist asked my sister about me and my migraines, my sister told her that I have intractable migraines (daily severe migraines from head pain to just vertigo and vomiting) about 5 to 6 days a week for the last 14 years and migraine attacks prior to that at least 2 times a week from age 6. The oncologist is now wondering if I will be breast cancer free as this research purports. My sister is like "maybe I should have had more migraines more frequently to avoid getting breast cancer but the pain from the migraines is horrific so."
soapbox soapbox 8 years
I knew my week-long migraines were good for something!
nancita nancita 8 years
Well, I guess that is one good thing about my migraines.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Interesting. I don't get migraines, but I know that my estrogen levels are a little on the low side. I wonder if that means I'm still at a lower risk for breast cancer.
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