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Breast cancer: 60 lbs increases risk 1.4-fold in postmenopausal women
Thursday, November 08, 2007 6:35 am Email this article
A difference of about 60 pounds increases the risk of breast cancer 1.4-fold in postmenopausal women according to a study from the University of Oxford in Oxford, England. Previous research has found that obesity does not increase the risk of breast cancer prior to menopause, in fact, it protects against it. Subects
Subjects: 1.2 million women
The study analyzed data from 1.2 million women who were part of the Million Woman Study.
The women were 50- to 64-years-old in 1996-2001 and were followed for an average of 5.4 years to see if they got cancer, and 7 years to see if they died from cancer.
Reeves G, Pirie K, Beral V, Green J, Spencer E, Bull D. Cancer incidence and mortality in relation to body mass index in the million women study: Cohort study. BMJ. 2007 Nov 6.
Cancer Epidemiology Unit
University of Oxford
Oxford OX3 7LF
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