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According to a US study by researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre, even a moderate amount of weight loss can significantly reduce levels of sex hormones that are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.
Eluned Hughes, Public Health Manager at Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said:
“We strongly advocate the benefits of maintaining a healthy weight as it can help reduce a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. This study suggests that obese women who lose weight after the menopause could also see this reduction in risk.
“This research is in the early stages but we welcome any new information that provides practical advice into how women can reduce their likelihood of developing breast cancer.
“There are numerous issues which can affect a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer, including environment and genetic factors and lifestyle choices. That’s why we’re running the Breakthrough Generations Study, which aims to pinpoint the exact causes of breast cancer.”