Published: Sat, March 11, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Hair colouring can increase risk of breast cancer

Hair colouring can increase risk of breast cancer

While regular exercise is recommended as part of a heart-healthy lifestyle for any person, it also appears to help mitigate the increased cardiovascular risk faced by women treated for breast cancer, according to a study scheduled for presentation at the American College of Cardiology's 66th Annual Scientific Session. The trial tracked over 60,000 women aged from 55 to 69, for a period of 20 years.

The results suggested that use of other hormonal contraceptives was, by contrast, associated with 32 percent higher breast cancer risk among younger women under 50 when compared to women who did not use hormonal contraceptives.

This benefit of better survival odds was limited to women in the study with hormone receptor-negative cancers.

Dr. Karen Glass, a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist at Toronto's Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, said the study confirms what some previous research has found about breast cancer and pregnancy.

Dittus also says patients can consume soy foods, and the less processed the soy foods are the better.

Weight gain is common for those undergoing breast cancer treatment, but putting on pounds can be extremely unsafe for patients with breast cancer. Results were similar in that those who consumed the most soy had more significant improvements after diagnosis and treatment.

"That is a really important message when we're talking about pregnancy and cancer, making sure that you have that option available". Those who gained more than 2.0kg/m2 were at 64% higher risk, compared to those who maintained their weight.

However, that's a choice some women who want a family make, despite the risk of recurrence.

The researchers from University of Helsinki (Finland) and Cancer Registry of Finland conducted a research in this regard and on hormonal contraceptives.

In Italy, the number of cases of breast cancer is increasing.

"You get the impression that pregnancy and breast cancer are a bad thing. We found a strong link between the Mediterranean diet and reduced oestrogen-receptor-negative breast cancer risk".

However, that's unproven at this point, he said, and would need more research.

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