Many studies have shown women with high bone density have an increased risk of breast cancer [106-110].
A meta-analysis that combined the results of 10 studies found women with high bone density had about a 60-80 percent higher risk of breast cancer compared to women with low bone density .
Why might high bone density increase breast cancer risk?
Having strong bones does not increase breast cancer risk.
Rather, high bone density is a marker for estrogen levels in the body. The more estrogen a woman produces in her lifetime, the more bone mass she has. These higher estrogen levels are linked to an increased breast cancer risk .
Learn more about estrogen and breast cancer risk.
Bone density and osteoporosis
Although women with high bone density have a higher risk of breast cancer compared to other women, they have a lower risk of osteoporosis . Osteoporosis is a loss of bone mass and bone density. It causes bones to become fragile.