The latest US research has suggested that women who suffer migraine headaches on a regular basis may be at a lower risk of developing breast cancer.
Nearly 3,500 women were involved in the study and those who suffer with migraines had a 30% lower risk of breast cancer compared to those people who don’t.
Migraines, and the associated symptoms of nausea and auras, have a connection to hormone levels fluctuating.
If you’re pregnant or take contraceptive pills, hormone levels are affected which can lead to increased and more severe migraine attacks.
Breast cancer in its common form is affected by two hormones - oestrogen and progesterone. Of the participants involved with the study, 1,938 had been diagnosed with breast cancer while 1,474 had no history of the condition.
Of those who reported a history of migraine headaches, there was far less risk of them going on to develop breast cancer.
Researchers have stated that the results point to a possible new factor in breast cancer risk but should be interpreted with caution.
What this link doesn’t do is give any physical relief to someone suffering with a migraine. Migraines can be successfully treated with alternative medicine and complementary therapy techniques.