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Breast Cancer: Being 20-29 percent overweight increases risk of dying from by 16 percent
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 3:45 am Email this article
Being 20-29 percent over ideal weight increases a woman's risk of dying from breast cancer by 16 percent according to a study done by the American Cancer Society involving 750,000 people determined the risk of dying from individual diseases.
However, this study did not exclude people with cancer—who also tend to be thin—from the study. This means that the risk associated with being thin is probably too high in this study.
Other studies have found that obesity decreases the risk of premenopausal breast cancer, but increase postmenopausal breast cancer.
The following table summarizes their findings.
Relative Risk of Dying from Prostate Cancer
Compared to People of Ideal Weight
Based on a study of 750,000 people (Lew, 1979)
20% or more under ideal weight
11-20% under ideal weight
|Within 10% of ideal weight|| |
10-19% over ideal weight
|20-29% over ideal weight||30-39% over ideal weight||More than 40 % over ideal weight|
Lew E. Mortality experience among anesthesiologists, 1954-1976. Anesthesiology. 1979 Sep, 51(3):195-99.
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