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Obese and overweight women face increased risk of recurrence of most common type of breast cancer

  • Posted: August 27, 2012

Extra pounds—even within the overweight but not obese range—are linked to a higher risk of recurrence of the most common type of breast cancer despite optimal cancer treatment, according to a new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The study's results suggest that extra body fat causes hormonal changes and inflammation that may drive some cases of breast cancer to spread and recur despite treatment. The study was conducted by researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine's Montefiore Medical Center, in Bronx, N.Y., and colleagues from U.S. cancer cooperative groups.

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