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Breast Cancer, Postmenopausal: Obesity increases risk 50%
Tuesday, August 03, 2004 12:00 pm Email this article
Being overweight increases the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer by 30 percent in women, while being obese increases the risk 50 percent.
This according to an evaluation by The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Working Group on the Evaluation of Cancer-Preventive Strategies.
Their evaluation is a comprehensive evaluation of the available literature on weight and cancer that considered epidemiological, clinical and experimental data.
For an excellent review of the effect of overweight and obesity on the risk of cancers, see the review paper by Calle and Kaaks (2004).
International Agency for Reasearch on Cancer. IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention. Weight Control and Physical Activity (International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, 2002) as referenced in Calle E, Kaaks R. Overweight, obesity and cancer: epidemiological evidence and proposed mechanisms. Nat Rev Cancer. 2004 Aug, 4(8):579-91.
Calle E, Kaaks R. Overweight, obesity and cancer: epidemiological evidence and proposed mechanisms. Nat Rev Cancer. 2004 Aug, 4(8):579-91.
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