Overweight women have an increased risk of getting breast cancer after menopause. And being overweight can increase the risk of breast cancer coming back in women who have had the disease. This may be because fat cells make extra estrogen and other hormones, which might stimulate breast cell growth. Excess weight also can make it harder to detect breast cancer early, when it's most treatable.
A report from Britain looks at how rising obesity rates might affect the number of breast cancer cases in that country. The researchers concluded that as obesity increases, there will likely be an increase in breast cancer.
Rising obesity rates are threatening the health of people around the world. Obesity affects your risk of developing cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and physical disabilities. The bottom line is that NOW is the time to get rid of the extra pounds. Losing weight can help reduce your risk of breast cancer and keep your body strong and healthy. As we age, it's harder to keep weight under control because our metabolism slows down and we tend to get less exercise. But if you can stick to a low-fat, low-calorie diet and stay physically active, weight is much easier to control. Our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference from January 2005 has some good general tips on losing weight.
Because it's often hard to lose weight by yourself, Breastcancer.org also has a discussion board called The Pound. The Pound helped our president and founder Dr. Marisa Weiss, get on track. She lost 20 pounds and is working hard to keep it off.