Weight Loss after 50 Linked to Lower Breast Cancer Risk

According to a large study, conducted recently by the American Cancer Society, women who lost weight after the age of 50 years and managed to keep it off have a lower risk of developing breast cancer than women whose weight didn’t change.Weight Loss after 50 Linked to Lower Breast Cancer Risk

To examine the link between weight loss and lower risk of the condition, a team of researchers used data from the Pooling Project of Prospective Studies of Diet and Cancer 9DCPP). They analyzed data from more than 180,000 women aged 50 and over from 10 prospective studies.

The analysis showed that women who lost 2 to 4.5 kg (about 4.4 to 10 lbs) had a 13% lower risk; women who lost from 4.5 to 9 kg (10-20 lbs) had a 16% lower risk, and women who lost 9 kg or more (20+ lbs) had a 26% lower risk.

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