Obesity Heightens Risk of Breast Cancer
A recent study has found that obesity can heighten a postmenopausal women's risk of contracting breast cancer. Although is commonly known that fat tissue produces estrogen; overweight women (by 20 pounds or more) ovulate less often than women within healthy weight ranges. The lack of estrogen in their bloodstreams puts obese women at higher risk for developing certain types of breast cancer. A study published by the Archives of Internal Medicine illustrates that approximately 60% of medical doctors are administering inadequate chemotherapy doses to obese patients with breast cancer. For this reason, overweight women also have a higher risk of the breast cancer re-emerging than do thinner women.
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