A new study has revealed which celebrities are at higher risk of developing breast cancer and other cancers.
The research was published in the journal, Lancet, and the authors, Dr Mark Williams, from the Centre for Research and Policy at the University of Sydney, and Dr John Varela from the University at Albany, concluded that celebrities with large breasts and/or large breasts with visible breasts were more likely to be affected by cancer than other celebrities.
“We wanted to understand why breast cancer is more prevalent in women with larger breasts,” Dr Williams said.
“For example, women with breast cancer with a larger breast, who have a large breast with visible breast tissue, are more likely than other women to be diagnosed with breast and/ or ovarian cancer.”
The study included more than 1,000 Australian women who were diagnosed with cancer between 2007 and 2014.
“Our findings suggest that, at least in some cases, a person with large breast size is at higher relative risk of breast cancer than a person without large breasts,” Mr Varelea said.
Dr Williams said the study showed celebrities are “very much at risk of the disease, and that they are at high risk for many different cancers, including cancers that are much less common in men”.
“We do know that the risk for breast cancer increases with age and a person’s genetic makeup,” he said.
The researchers also looked at celebrities’ breast tissue.
“The more breast tissue a celebrity has, the higher the risk of cancer, so there’s a relationship between breast tissue size and breast cancer,” Dr Varelas said.
There are many reasons why breast tissue grows, including for the purpose of conceiving and concealing, but it’s also a sign that a person has cancer, he said: “It’s a sign of cancer that you have cancer, but the tissue has grown and is growing.”
Dr Williams and Dr Varenas believe the risk is higher for women who have more breast cancer-related breast cancer, and they are concerned that women with large, visible breasts, as well as those with small breasts, may be at increased risk.
Dr Varelas said it’s important to understand that it’s not just about breast tissue but “how that tissue grows”.
“When it comes to breast cancer we don’t have the answers,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“What we know is that the tissue that we do see grows in size in response to stress, and in response in response, as it grows, the amount of breast tissue in that tissue is greater, and we know that a greater amount of cancer occurs in women who are exposed to high stress, because they have less tissue to hide.”
Dr Varenals study has also shown that those with large and/ and large-breasted women are more at risk.
“You can have breast cancer in a large, beautiful woman, but you can have it in a woman who has breast cancer of the large breast,” he added.
“It’s important that women understand that there are different types of cancer and that there is a difference between a benign and malignant tumour.”