Recent studies suggest that overweight or obese breast cancer patients may experience a recurrence of the disease more than their peers of a healthier weight, ModernMedicine.com
Researchers studied a group of post-menopausal women that had been diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. They followed up with the participants after an average of 100 months, and found that women who had a body mass index (BMI) above a certain number were more likely to have a recurrence of breast cancer compared to those who had a lower BMI.
"These results confirm the poorer prognosis of obese women with early-stage breast cancer," Dr Ivana Sestak, one of the authors of the study, wrote in the report.
The researchers recognize that more needs to be done to further investigate the relationship between weight and recurrence of breast cancer.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that over 200,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. Although the disease has been found to be hereditary, there are steps women can take to cut their risk of developing it. A balanced diet, exercise, and an annual mammogram are some of the tips recommended to help prevent breast cancer.