Rahul Potluri, founder of the ACALM Study Unit and lead author, said that their preliminary study suggests that women with high cholesterol in their blood may be at greater risk of getting breast cancer.
Potluri added that it raises the possibility of preventing breast cancer with statins, which lower cholesterol, but as this is a primitive study, significant time and research is needed before this idea can be tested.
The researchers used a statistical model to study the association between hyperlipidaemia and breast cancer and found that having hyperlipidaemia increased the risk of breast cancer by 1.64 times.
The scientists added that they have found a significant association between having high cholesterol and developing breast cancer that needs to be explored in more depth. Caution is needed when interpreting the results because while we had a large study population.