Early Menopause Linked to Increased Breast Cancer Risk

by Ella

A new study by the University of Utah Health finds a significant correlation between early menopause and the risk of developing breast cancer.


Key Findings:

Women entering menopause before the age of 40 face double the risk of breast cancer compared to those with a later menopause.


Early menopause is linked to a four-fold increase in the risk of ovarian cancer.


The study suggests early menopause might be an indicator of increased cancer risk in relatives (colon, breast, and prostate cancer).


Early Detection and Communication:

Corrine Welt, a study author, emphasizes regular breast cancer screenings for women with early menopause, especially those with a family history of cancer.

The study highlights the importance of awareness among general practitioners, gynecologists, and fertility specialists regarding the potential cancer risks associated with early menopause.

Study Details:

Researchers analyzed medical records of over 600 women with early menopause or primary ovarian insufficiency.

Data was collected from two major healthcare systems in Utah, covering a significant portion of the state’s population.

Genealogy information and cancer registry data were used to track down relatives and assess cancer risks within families.

Contextualizing the Findings:

Millions of women globally experience menopause, often accompanied by various symptoms.

Breast cancer remains a prevalent concern, affecting a significant number of women. Early detection is crucial for improving outcomes.


The study emphasizes the importance of regular breast cancer screenings for women who experience early menopause.

Open communication with healthcare providers about family history and potential cancer risks is encouraged.

Resources like Breast Cancer Now, offering support and information, are highlighted.


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