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Excess Weight May Increase Risk of Breast Cancer

101415 Blog ImageCarrying excess weight has been linked to a number of health issues including breast cancer. Studies show women who are over-weight or obese have a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer compared to women who maintain a healthy weight, especially after menopause. Being overweight can also increase the risk of breast cancer recurrence in women who have had the disease.

The most accurate indication of excess weight and obesity is the Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI includes a measure of height and weight, so it is a better comparison of body weight than just a number on the scale. You can calculate your BMI here.

Increased Risk

Women who are over-weight or obese after menopause have a 30% to 60% higher breast cancer risk than those who are lean. One reason for this is that fat cells make estrogen; extra fat cells mean more estrogen in the … Read more

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