Your Weight and Your Risk To Develop Breast Cancer….

March 26, 2008

Go to fullsize imageObesity is one big epidemic that is becoming a huge economic burden due to the medical complications arising form the disease. 

In the recent issue of the the journal Clinical Cancer Research, the relationship between increased weight and the risk of developing breast cancer has been shown to be closely linked:

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Purpose: The purpose of this retrospective study was to determine the association and prognostic value of body mass index (BMI) at the time of initial diagnosis in patients with locally advanced breast cancer (LABC). 

Results: 

  • Obese patients tended to have a higher incidence of IBC compared with overweight and normal/underweight groups (P = 0.01). Median follow up was 6 years for all patients.
  • Patients with Locally Advanced Breast Cancer who were obese or overweight had a significantly worse Survival and Recurrence Free Survival (P = 0.001) and a higher incidence of visceral recurrence compared with normal/underweight patients.
  • In a multivariable model, BMI remained significantly associated with both Overall Survival and Recurrence Free Survival for the entire cohort. 

Conclusion: Patients with Locally Advanced Breast Cancer and high BMI have a worse prognosis.

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This study shows us that being obese is more than what we think it is… as mere cosmetics…rather it is a risk factor in itself that can result in a more aggressive type of a disease like breast cancer and can even lead to long term disability like stroke and early death as shown in several studies.

The excess adipose tissue or fat cell results in more circulating estrogen and more inflammatory substances that may be responsible for a more aggressive breast cancer and lesser cancer survival.  We now know that any excess fat cell results in a bigger machinery that produces a lot of substances we never knew about before… that can be harmful to our body!  In short… these fat cells are pretty active and definitely not the passive bystanders that we used to think they are… and therefore need to be dealt with more aggressively!

Another good reason for us to take care and get rid of the FAT….

Be Health and Weight Conscious!

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