Hip Bone May Hold Breast Cancer Clue
Louise Chang, MD
July 28, 2008 — Hip bone mineral density may be a clue in predicting breast cancer after menopause, a new study shows.
The study, which appears in the Sept. 1 edition of Cancer, links higher hip bone density to increased breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women.
Higher hip bone mineral density may be a reflection of greater
lifetime exposure to estrogen; many (but not all) breast cancers are
Of course, if bone mineral density drops too low, that brings different health risks — osteoporosis and fractures.
So this is something of a no-win situation then.