Women with Celiac May Have Decreased Risk of Some Cancers
The study, conducted at Karolinska University Hospital and Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, found that women with celiac disease were 15 percent less likely to develop breast cancer, 40 percent less likely to develop endometrial cancer, and 11 percent less likely to develop ovarian cancer as compared with those who did not have celiac.
The study was based on data from 17,852 women with celiac disease diagnosed and confirmed by biopsy between 1969 and 2007, and 88,400 others who did not have the disease.
The researchers concluded “CD seems to be inversely related not only to breast cancer but also to endometrial and ovarian cancer. Potential explanations include shared risk factors and early menopause.”