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U.S. NIH’s Obesity Guidelines Part 12: Breast Cancer
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An adult weight gain of 20 pounds doubles a woman's risk of breast cancer according to the U.S. NIH's Obesity Guidelines (p. 18). Obesity increases postmenopausal breast cancer deaths, decreases premenopausal
Obesity is related to an increased mortality from breast cancer in postmenopausal women, but a decreased incidence of breast cancer in premenopausal women.
Obesity increases risk of breast cancer 10 years after menopause
Ten or more years after menopause, the premenopausal “benefit” of obesity has dissipated.
Weight gain of 20 lbs or more doubles the risk of breast cancer
A gain of 20 pounds or more from age 18 to midlife doubles the risk of breast cancer.
Even modest weight gain increases the risk
Even modest weight gains are associated with an increased risk of postmenopausal cancer. (p 18)
Clinical guidelines on the identification, evaluation, and treatment of overweight and obesity in adults : the evidence report / National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute [Bethesda, Md.] : National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, . NIH publication No. 98-4083.
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