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Obesity decreases the risk of breast cancer before menopause
Tuesday, July 13, 2004 12:37 pm Email this article
Being overweight or obese decreases the risk of breast cancer in women prior to menopause according to a new study. Many other studies have reached the same conclusion, however, obesity increases the risk of breast cancer following menopause.
Changes in body size from the of age 7-years-old or 18-years-old to adulthood did not affect the risk of premenopausal breast cancer risk.
Being shorter than 5-feet-3-inches tall was associated with 30 percent lower risk of premenopausal breast cancer.
Although obesity is associated with numerous health risks, two seeming advantages of being overweight or obese are a decreased risk of premenopausal breast cancer and a decrease in the risk of osteoporosis.
This study analyzed data from 99,717 premenopausal women who were followed from 1991-1992 until 1999.
Weiderpass E, Braaten T, Magnusson C, Kumle M, Vainio H, Lund E, Adami H. A prospective study of body size in different periods of life and risk of premenopausal breast cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2004 Jul, 13(7):1121-27.
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