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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: As weight increases so does risk of breast cancer

Posted Oct 20 2011 3:11am

Researchers have discovered that overweight and obese women are younger when they develop breast cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. than their healthy weight counterparts.

The study, conducted by the University of Granada, Spain, on over 500 women with breast cancer, found that age at diagnosisThe process of determining which condition a patient may have. is correlated to nutritional status. The study took into account family history to find that those participants who were obese were diagnosed with breast cancer at a younger age and that those with morbid obesityExcess accumulation of fat in the body. had a much higher likelihood of developing the disease.

The study also found a corresponding link between age at puberty and breast cancer risk. The women who were diagnosed with breast cancer at an earlier age were also found to have started menstruating before the age of ten. For a helpful overview of risk factors for breast cancer please see this helpful Breast Cancer FAQs by Consultant Breast Surgeon, Simon Marsh .

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