Publication Abstract

Authors: Nichols HB, Baird DD, DeRoo LA, Kissling GE, Sandler DP

Title: Tubal ligation in relation to menopausal symptoms and breast cancer risk.

Journal: Br J Cancer 109(5):1291-5

Date: 2013 Sep 03

Abstract: BACKGROUND: Local inflammation after tubal ligation may affect ovarian function and breast cancer risk. METHODS: We analysed tubal ligation, menopausal characteristics, and breast cancer risk in the Sister Study cohort (N=50,884 women). RESULTS: Tubal ligation was associated with hot flashes (hazard ratio (HR) 1.09; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.06-1.12) but not menopausal age (HR 0.99; 95% CI: 0.96-1.02). Tubal ligation did not have an impact on breast cancer overall (HR 0.95; 95% CI: 0.85-1.06), but had a suggested inverse relation with oestrogen receptor+/progesterone receptor+ invasive tumours (HR 0.84; 95% CI: 0.70-1.01), possibly because of subsequent hysterectomy/bilateral oophorectomy. CONCLUSION: Tubal ligation does not influence overall breast cancer risk.