Healthy Living

Feb 20, 2014 6:24 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

New test links anti-depressant to increased risk for breast cancer

A new test suggests the anti-depressant Paxil could increase a woman's risk for developing some types of breast cancer.

Researchers found Paxil doesn't break down estrogen efficiently.

Estrogen is linked to 70 percent of all breast cancers.

About a quarter of breast cancer patients and a quarter of all women in their forties and fifties take some type of anti-depressant.

Experts say more studies are still needed, and women should consult their doctor before going off Paxil.

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