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Can pituitary cancer and high prolactin levels cause breast cancer?

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Dr. Nader Pouratian
Neurosurgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

No.
There is no link between the two. Prolactin has no relationship with breast cancer.

In brief: No

No.
There is no link between the two. Prolactin has no relationship with breast cancer.
Dr. Nader Pouratian
Dr. Nader Pouratian
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Dr. Mario Diana
No but it can cause prolonged lactation.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: Unclear

There are reports that women with higher prolactin levels were associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.
However the cause and effect is not completely understood. Among postmenopausal women, prolactin levels were higher among hormone users and lower among obese women. Meaning higher prolactin levels might be associated with already known risk factors for developing breast cancer.

In brief: Unclear

There are reports that women with higher prolactin levels were associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.
However the cause and effect is not completely understood. Among postmenopausal women, prolactin levels were higher among hormone users and lower among obese women. Meaning higher prolactin levels might be associated with already known risk factors for developing breast cancer.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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