Link between Thyroid disease, breast cancer & iodine?

I was researching articles on iodine at Pub Med – an online search engine for medical research and saw this research.

Though these studies are not recent; they are interesting to read ( see similar studies on right side of page) esp. in light of all the controversy about mammograms and highlight the need to get enough iodine into your diet.

The article starts: A renewal of the search for a link between breast cancer and thyroid disease has once again demonstrated an increased prevalence of autoimmune thyroid disease in patients with breast cancer. This is the most recent of many studies showing an association between a variety of thyroid disorders and breast cancer. Such an association is not surprising as both diseases are female predominant with a similar postmenopausal peak incidence. The significance of the presence of thyroid autoantibodies, particularly thyroid peroxidase antibodies, in serum from patients with breast cancer is unknown, but it has been suggested that antibody positivity is associated with better prognosis. One area in which thyroid and breast functions overlap is in the uptake and utilization of dietary iodide. Experimental findings showing the ability of iodine or iodine-rich seaweed to inhibit breast tumour development is supported by the relatively low rate of breast cancer in Japanese women who consume a diet containing iodine-rich seaweed.

For the rest of the article, please go to http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC314438/

© 2009-Dr. Vittoria Repetto

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