Can losing weight reduce risk of first-time breast cancer?

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Question from Annie: How does weight affect your risk of getting breast cancer? Could slimming down help reduce the chances?
Answers - Larissa Korde Studies have shown that women with a higher body weight have a higher risk of breast cancer, particularly postmenopausal breast cancer. And intervention trials have shown a reduced risk of recurrence with weight loss. One large study suggests a reduced risk of breast cancer incidence with a dietary intervention. In addition to that, we also know that there are plenty of positive health consequences of a healthy diet and body weight. I think we can feel comfortable encouraging that.
Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. Those additional consequences are true for those women who both have not had breast cancer yet and for breast cancer survivors. The example being that breast cancer survivors also do die of heart disease.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Nutrition Through the Holidays featured Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. and Larissa Korde, M.D., M.P.H. answering your questions about what and how much to eat when holiday treats abound.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in October 2009.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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