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Free fatty acids in the blood linked with elevated risk of breast cancer in obese women

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Scientists at the University of Illinois have found that free fatty acids in the blood appear to boost proliferation and growth of breast cancer cells. The finding could help explain obese women's elevated risk of developing breast cancer after menopause.

"When taken up by estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer cells, these fatty acids activated pathways that increased tumor cell growth, survival and proliferation," said food science and human nutrition professor Zeynep Madak-Erdogan, who led the study.

"Our clinical data provide a more complete understanding of the mechanisms that connect obesity with breast cancer, and provide an opportunity to assess the ability of pathway-preferential estrogens to decrease breast cancer risk in obese postmenopausal women," said Madak-Erdogan, also the director of the Women's Health, Hormones and Nutrition Lab.


Author: @DailyCupofYoga

Source: news-medical.net

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