Fred Hutchinson study finds that moderate weight loss reduces levels of sex hormones linked with increased risk of breast cancer
- Posted: May 22, 2012
Even a moderate amount of weight loss can significantly reduce levels of circulating estrogens that are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, according to a study by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center – the first randomized, controlled clinical trial to test the effects of weight loss on sex hormones in overweight and obese postmenopausal women, a group at elevated risk for breast cancer.
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