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Weight Loss Can Reduce Breast Cancer Risk Post-Menopause

Research shared at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium this month has revealed that overweight or obese women who lose weight can significantly reduce their risk of developing breast cancer.

The Telegraph reported on the study, which was carried out by researchers in the US who tracked over 61,000 women aged between 50 and 79 for 11 years.

They found that women who lost five per cent of their body weight cut their risk of breast cancer by 12 per cent, while postmenopausal women who slimmed down by 15 per cent saw their chances of developing the disease drop by 37 per cent.

Dr Rowan Chlebowski, lead researcher and part of the Department of Medical Oncology and Therapeutics Research at City of Hope in Duarte, California, told the newspaper that this study indicates a weight loss strategy can be effective in lowering the risk of breast cancer among postmenopausal women.

“Relatively modest weight loss was associated with significant lowering of breast cancer incidence,” he asserted.

Chief executive at Breast Cancer Now Baroness Delyth Morgan explained that reducing your body fat levels after the menopause also reduces the oestrogen levels in your body, with lower oestrogen levels known to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.

Meanwhile, Cancer Research UK recently highlighted findings from an unpublished study which found that more intense chemotherapy doses can cut the risk of early stage breast cancer returning after treatment.

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