Losing weight could slash breast cancer risk by up to 26% in women over 50: study

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(Miriam Habtesellasie/ Women & Home) — Now new research has suggested that losing weight could play a key role in slashing the risk of the disease in women over 50.

Published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the Harvard research featured more than 180,000 participants aged 50 or over, pooling together data from ten previous studies from across the globe.

Participants had a Body Mass Index (BMI) in the range of 22.7 and 28.3, with an average of 25, at the study start. A BMI of between 25 and 29.9 puts people in the overweight range. Weight was assessed again after five years, and then roughly four years following that. During this period 6,930 of the 180,885 participants developed breast cancer.

The analysis revealed that breast cancer risk fell by 26 per cent for those that lost 20lbs or more, 16 per cent for those who lost between 10 and 20 lbs and by 13 per cent for those who lost between 4.4 and 10 lbs. (…)

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