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Increasing Weight Leads to Increase Cancer Risk

Watch Your Weight to Decrease Your Breast Cancer Risk

Oct 23, 2007 - by Dr. Marla Shapiro

Today, a new study was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine that made me sit up and take notice. It looked at weight gain as a risk factor for post-menopausal breast cancer risk.

We have known for some time that obesity is indeed a risk factor for post-menopausal breast cancer, but what was unique about this study is that it looked at the concept of weight gain in the early reproductive years (18-35), late reproductive years (35-50), perimenopause, and the menopausal period of time (50 years and up).

Women who were not obese or overweight at 18 but were at ages 35 and 50 had a 1.4 times the risk of developing breast cancer compared with women who maintained a normal weight. With weight gain between as little as 2 to 10 kg, according to the journal article, from age 50 to present age (which is the perimenopausal and menopausal period) the risk of breast cancer was
increased by 30%.

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Keywords - Obesity, Cancer

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