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Women's Hips and Breast Cancer

Women's Hips and Breast Cancer

You wouldn't think that your hips had anything to do with breast cancer, but new research shows a connection. The size and shape of a mother's hips may affect her daughter's risk of breast cancer.

There was a study conducted with 6,370 Finnish women. Those born to mothers with relatively wide hips had a rate of breast cancer that was three times higher than those born to mothers with thinner hips. The rate was nearly seven times higher if the daughter was not the first born.

What constitutes "relatively wide hips"? The widest distance between the wing-like structures at the top of the pelvis is called the intercristal diameter. A woman is more likely to develop breast cancer if her mother's hips have an intercristal diameter of more than 11.8 inches.

Why is that? To find out

Wide, rounded hips mean higher concentrations of estrogen, which may in turn boost a daughter's risk of breast cancer. It happens in the first trimester of pregnancy, when the embryo's developing breast tissue is exposed to their mother's estrogen levels.

While I am not quite sure how to process or use this information, it certainly is interesting. Since we don't choose our mothers, I wouldn't worry too much about this bizarre connection. There's only a higher possibility of breast cancer risk, not a definite certainty. Just keep doing your monthly breast exams, especially if you are not the first born child of a wide hipped mama.


icedminttea icedminttea 10 years
miz : I'm really confused by this study and many other medical studies, because so many of them come out, and then are later disputed or disproven... I could not agree more with that... and bfly : I do agree with you too.. they are so dared to pick that subject for studying ..
mizlynz mizlynz 10 years
I'm really confused by this study and many other medical studies, because so many of them come out, and then are later disputed or an age where "information is power", sometimes I think that being exposed to SO MUCH information like this just creates unwanted confusion and paranoia. And yes, I have WIDE HIPS.
Spectra Spectra 10 years
I think that's more of a correlation, not a causation thing. Everyone in my family has big hips and no one in my family's ever had breast cancer. So I don't know, I don't put a lot of faith in this study.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 10 years
moon - why do you think women with wider hips have more fat? The width of your actual HIP BONES which is what this is talking about has NOTHING to do with your weight, only your skeletal structure. There is a difference between WIDE hips, and BIG HIPS. Wide would be for the actual width of the bones, and big would be the circumference around your hip area (which would include fat).
scoop45 scoop45 10 years
Wow! Lol
gigglesss gigglesss 10 years
hahaha i have no hips. soo i guess im good =]
moonischasingme1 moonischasingme1 10 years
I wonder if is has more to do with the fact that in GENERAL women with wider hips tend to have more fat, and adipose tissue stores estrogen (which can increase risk of BC). Of course, it is a huge generalization because not all women with wide hips are overweight, but it is a thought.
AucuneRancune AucuneRancune 10 years
Hahah - Midnightowl and Krampalicious made me laugh.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 10 years
I come from a family with large hips and large breasts. I have large friggin hips and moderate boobs compared to the rest of the women in my fam. As far as I know, no one in our family has gotten breast cancer. I'll keep this article in mind, but I won't let it frighten me. I can't control the size of my hips so why should I let it bother me? Haha. Also, a doc told me, at age 13, that my hips, which turn inwards a little bit, told me they were good child-bearing hips. At 13! Um, yay? o.O
midnightowl midnightowl 10 years
Interesting, yes, but I can't help feeling that this is all part of a conspiracy to get women to feel ashamed of their bodies, shrink themselves, and do away with big hips! I could just be paranoid, having large hips myself :D
bfly1133 bfly1133 10 years
Um, okay. It is definitely interesting....but I don't know how much stock I would put into it. It's almost like they do these studies just to scare us. :)
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
If this were true, my entire family would be doomed. Luckily that's never been the case.
krampalicious krampalicious 10 years
GREAT. one more reason to hate my wide hips, which i was just starting to love a little bit. i'm starting get really tired of all these stupid studies along the lines of YOUR FRIENDS MAKE YOU FAT and BIG HIPS = DEATH.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 10 years
Interesting, since I was always under the impression that a woman with smaller hips was more likely to have trouble in labor and childbirth due to the smaller canal. I was always teased amongst my friends for having 'breeding hips' (and of course I'm still the only one with a child). I know I shouldn't be, but this is sort of concerning for a woman who intends to have more children in the future. No woman would knowingly want to increase the possibility of such a thing for her daughter.
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