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Losing weight can decrease your risk of breast cancer for women over 50, study finds

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Overweight women over the age of 50 years, which may be a reduction in the risk of developing breast cancer if they lost weight, according to a new study.

The study, which was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), and carried out by researchers from the American Cancer Society, and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and others, that women with overweight in the middle, or later adulthood” which is the weight loss and kept it off, had a lower risk of developing breast cancer compared to overweight women whose weight has remained the same.

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To make the results of their findings, the researchers, with the aid of-the Pooling Project of Prospective Studies of Diet and Cancer (DCPP), analyzed more than 180,000 women aged 50 years and older, from 10 clinical studies. The women’s weights will be assessed on a regular basis, at the beginning of the study and again after five years, about four years after that.

In the end, the researchers found that women with a steady weight-loss had a lower risk of developing breast cancer than women with the weight remained stable, and the larger the amount of the sustained loss of the weight, the lower the risk of breast cancer,” according to a press release on the recommendations of the American Cancer Society.

Being obese or overweight after menopause can increase your risk of developing breast cancer, according to research.
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Specifically, the researchers found that women who lost 4 to 10 kg had a 13% lower risk than women with a-weight continued to be stable. Those of you who have lost 10 to 20 pounds, had a 16 percent lower risk, whereas women who lost more than 20 pounds was an almost 30 per cent from 26 per cent to be precise — a reduced risk of developing the disease.

What’s more, the women who lost 20 or more pounds to continue to have a reduced risk, even if some of the weight back, according to the study.

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“Our results suggest that even a modest amount of sustainable weight loss and is associated with a lower risk of developing breast cancer for women over 50,” said Lauren Teras, D. Ph., lead author of the study, in a statement. “These findings, it can be a powerful motivator for the first two-thirds of American women who are overweight to lose some of that weight. Even if you do gain weight after the age of 50 years or so, it’s not too late to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.”

While the link between weight and breast cancer risk is complex, being overweight or obese after menopause, the increase in the risk of breast cancer, according to the organization of the health care system. The new study is important because, according to the American Cancer Society, is the first to have a “large enough sample size to examine the question of whether sustained weight loss can have an impact on the risk of breast cancer, with a statistical degree of accuracy.”

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