Serum levels of selenium and zinc in patients with breast cancer: A case-control study

Hashemi, S. M. and Sadeghi, M. and Tabas, A. V. and Bouya, S. and Danesh, H. A. and Khazaei, A. and Allahyari, A. (2017) Serum levels of selenium and zinc in patients with breast cancer: A case-control study. International Journal of Cancer Management, 10 (12).

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Background: Zinc (Zn) and Selenium (Se) are trace minerals that have high anti-cancer and chemopreventive properties. Objectives: This study aimed at evaluating the serum levels of both elements in women with breast cancer (BC) compared with control group and the correlation of them with risk factors of BC. Methods: In a case-control study, 142 women with BC and 158 healthy controls, aged 19 to 88 years, were selected. Both groups did not use any type of supplement 3 months before participation in the study; there was no history of chronic kidney or liver disease or malabsorption disorders among the participants and body mass index was between 18.5 and 30 based on Quetelet index. The Se by graphite furnace and Zn by flame were atomized and the amount of each of 2 elements was measured and recorded by the Absorption device. Results: The mean Zn was 689.57 ± 146.13 mg/dL in the patient group and 874.85 ± 150.53 mg/dL in the control group (P < 0.001). Also, the mean Se was 101.24 ± 17.27 mg/dL in the patient group and 115.36 ± 13.31 mg/dL in the control group (P < 0.001). There was a significant difference between Se level with stage in patients; therefore, the Se level was lower in metastatic stage compared with 2 other stages (P = 0.028). Conclusions: Decreasing the serum levels of Se and Zn may be the risk factors for BC. It seems that adding micronutrients of Zn and Se in patients with low serum levels may reduce the risk of BC. © 2017, Cancer Research Center (CRC), Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences.

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Additional Information: Cited By :1 Export Date: 16 February 2020 Correspondence Address: Allahyari, A.; Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Mashhad University of Medical SciencesIran; email:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Breast Cancer Selenium Serum Zinc epidermal growth factor receptor 2 estrogen receptor progesterone receptor adult Article cancer staging case control study controlled study female human major clinical study metastasis middle aged risk factor selenium blood level zinc blood level
Subjects: WH Hemic and Lymphatic System
WP Gynecology
Divisions: Mashhad University of Medical Sciences
Depositing User: mr lib3 lib3
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2020 04:41
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2020 04:41

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