2009-07-09 Breast cancer risk lower in migraine sufferers


(Reuters Health) - For women there may be one good thing about having migraines: a reduced risk of breast cancer.

In a study of more than 9,000 people, Dr. Christopher I. Li of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle and his colleagues found that those with a history of migraines were 26% less likely to develop breast cancer. The findings back up an earlier study, also by Li and his team, which included about 2,000 women and found a 33% lower breast cancer risk among women with migraines.(Read entire article)

2009-07-09 Migraines Linked to Lower Breast Cancer Risk - Follow-up Study Confirms That Migraine Headache Sufferers Have Lower Breast Cancer Risk


Women who experience migraine headaches have a significantly lower risk of getting breast cancer than those who don't suffer the headaches, according to a new study.

The recent study is a follow-up to research published in 2008 that also found migraine headache sufferers have a significantly reduced risk of getting breast cancer. The newer study has thousands more participants from a wider age range than did the previous one.

"It does appear that migraines may protect women from breast cancer, and that it's equally protective for both younger and older women," says Christopher Li, MD, PhD, the lead author of both studies and a breast cancer epidemiologist and associate member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Public Health Sciences Division in Seattle. (Read entire article)