This week the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published an article by Lauren R Teras, PhD et al which has shown the link between weight loss in middle-age and reducing breast cancer risk. 

Below Caroline Hoffman, our Breast Cancer Haven Clinical and Research Director, gives her thoughts on the piece. 

“This is a robust study that further reinforces the need to maintain a healthy weight. Clearly, increased weight is a risk factor of breast cancer in postmenopausal women and this confirms the need for women to maintain a healthy weight.”

“Weight is an issue in the UK. Over 60% of women are either obese or overweight in the UK. The good news is that this study shows that losing as little as 4.4 pounds can reduce the risk of breast cancer by as much as 13% and this will give hope to people struggling with weight loss.”

“When it comes to weight loss, it’s important that individuals get the right advice for them. In general, this can be done with a combination of healthy eating and exercise, which we at Breast Cancer Haven have always advocated. At the same time, stress reduction activities such as mindfulness can also help weight loss by reducing stress.”

“Although this research focuses on preventing breast cancer, we also know that weight can be a factor in the reoccurrence of breast cancer. Healthy eating and exercise can help reduce the risk of breast cancer reoccurring.”


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