Thursday, November 30, 2006

Extra weight lowers Breast Cancer risk before menopause, increases it afterward

Women who are heavier in young adulthood have a lower risk of developing breast cancer before they reach menopause, new research shows. The finding, published in the Nov. 27 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, confirms and expands on previous research suggesting that larger body size before menopause helps fend off breast cancer. That's not a license for women to gain weight, however, experts stressed. "We have to remind women that obesity is pretty much bad for everything else and, as soon as you become postmenopausal, obesity is one of the strongest predictors of breast cancer," said lead researcher Karin B. Michels, an associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. --Click the title of this post to read the full article from its source--

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