Associated Conditions of Breast Cancer


About associated conditions: Associated conditions are those which appear statistically related, but do not have a clear cause or effect relationship. Whereas the complications are caused by Breast Cancer, and underlying causes may be causes of Breast Cancer, the following list shows associated conditions that simply appear with higher frequency in people who have Breast Cancer. In some cases, there may be overlap between this list and risk factors for Breast Cancer. People with Breast Cancer may be more likely to get a condition on the list of associated conditions, or the reverse may be true, or both. Whether they are causes of, caused by, or simply coincidentally related to Breast Cancer is not always clear. For general information, see Associated Condition Misdiagnosis.

Associated conditions list: The list of conditions mentioned by various sources as associated with Breast Cancer includes:

  • Ovarian cancer - breast cancer raises the risk of getting ovarian cancer.

Breast Cancer as a risk factor: Another type of associated condition is one for which Breast Cancer is itself a risk factor. The conditions for which Breast Cancer is listed as a risk factor includes:

Associated conditions: Women who have had breast or colon cancer may have a greater chance of developing ovarian cancer than women who have not had breast or colon cancer.1

1. excerpt from What You Need To Know About Ovarian Cancer: NCI

Last revision: April 9, 2003

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