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Obesity raises breast cancer survivors' risk of dying of the cancer
Date:6/4/2011

that the higher the BMI, the greater the risk of dying of breast cancer for women with estrogen-dependent cancer. They saw no such link in women with estrogen-negative breast cancer. Women who are obese or overweight tend to have higher levels of circulating estrogen, which likely explains this difference, Dieli-Conwright said.

Their findings add to the growing scientific evidence that obesity raises the risk of both developing breast cancer and dying of it.

"What we know now is that there is a strong link between dying from breast cancer and being obese," Dieli-Conwright said. "And it's not just your BMI near the time you're diagnosed that's important."

She continued, "With the obesity epidemic on the rise, weight management programs using exercise and diet are vital in cancer prevention and survivorship."


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