Study shows obese women have a higher risk of breast cancer recurrence
Mar 23, 2012
A new study conducted by researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston found that women who are overweight or obese have a higher risk of having their breast cancer return.
The researchers studied data of 1,909 breast cancer patients, and they found a link between body mass index and how long a person goes without the cancer returning and how long they live after the cancer.
"Obesity is a modifiable factor, and although there is not yet enough evidence to say with certainty that losing weight or exercising more regularly will decrease the risk of breast cancer recurrence, there are consistent links between lifestyle factors such as diet, weight and physical activity patterns and breast cancer prognosis," said study author Dr. Jennifer Ligibel.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer. However, the death rate has been decreasing since 1990 due to advancements in research and breakthrough breast cancer news. There are currently 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.