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Breast Cancer Riskier with High BMI

pink ribbonA new study insinuates that a high BMI (body mass index) is linked to a higher mortality rate for women who suffer from breast cancer. This article at on the study is a little confusing because after making the aforementioned link, it quotes Dr. Barnett of Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, UK regarding a link to pregnancy:

“We have found strong evidence that high BMI and a recent pregnancy are associated with a poorer prognosis after a diagnosis of breast cancer,” say Dr. Barnett.

Slight confusion aside, this was my take:

– A high BMI makes breast cancer riskier.

– A high BMI and a recent pregnancy is possibly a bad omen.

And then you have this out-of-the-blue twist: moderate drinking may improve survival chances by 22 percent.

July 29th, 2008