Body Weight - Breast Cancer Part #2

The Journal of The American Medical Association reports a study of women who were post-menopausal, had never used hormones, and who had gained 22 or more pounds of weight since age 18, and found that these women were at increased risk for breast cancer.

Additional findings in the study reveal that one out of six postmenopausal breast cancers may be preventable, by maintaining weight within 4-5 pounds, after age 18.

It is not known whether the weight gain itself or some other factor, such as lack of exercise, is the underlying reason for these findings.

Either way, it's more evidence to stay in shape, all the time.

I'm Medical Editor, Dr. Ted Castele, with the Medical Moment.

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