Pink Up: Weight and Breast Cancer

Updated: Jul. 11, 2018 at 8:05 AM CDT
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(KFVS) - Some research shows women who are overweight or obese before menopause have a 20-40 percent lower risk of breast cancer than those who are lean.

This is from the Susan G. Komen website so for more information on this surprising statistic, we went to our local expert to find out more because rarely do you think of carrying extra weight as a good thing.

Oncologist Carlos Robles said while this may be true with some types of cancer, it is not a blanket statement for all breast cancers. He said extra weight before menopause can still lead to a higher risk of triple-negative breast cancers, which is typically very aggressive. And if you are carrying the weight in your younger years, there is a better chance it will stay with you in your later years.

"What is probably unique with patients with post menopausal is that obesity is associated with a higher risk of breast cancer by itself. It seems to be an independent factor and it might be related to hormones like leptin and insulin so there is a possibility that that could also lead to higher risks," said doctor Robles.

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Now obviously, no matter your age, it's always better to stay healthy.

Dr. Robles said just minor changes in your activity can result in big changes in your health. For example, he said just walking a mile three times a week can reduce your odds of breast cancer.

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