ENDO: Early Menopause Tied to Heightened Risk for Breast, Ovarian Cancer

Women with early menopause have a two times greater risk for breast cancer and a nearly four times higher risk for ovarian cancer, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, held from June 1 to 4 in Boston.

Kristina L. Allen-Brady, Ph.D., M.P.H., from University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and colleagues identified 613 women with primary ovarian insufficiency (POI; ages 40 years and younger) and 165 with early menopause (age older than 40 years and younger than 45 years). Women with POI and their relatives were linked to genealogy information using the Utah Population Database and to cancer diagnoses (breast, ovarian, endometrial, colon, testicular, and prostate) using the Utah Cancer Registry.

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