Weight loss can reduce breast cancer risk.

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Study finds that weight loss after menopause lowers risk of breast cancer

October 19, 2018 - 3:15 am

KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor 

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Numerous studies have shown that gaining weight and eating a high-fat diet can be associated with increased risk of certain forms of cancer.   

Now, there is news from an analysis of over 61,000 women from a Women's Health Initiative study.

The study found that women who lose 5 percent or more of body weight after menopause have a 12 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer compared to those who maintained the same weight. 

This is a very important study because it is one of the few studies showing that weight loss can reduce breast cancer risk. 

While numerous studies have shown that weight gain increases the risk of breast cancer, this particular report is encouraging for women who are not only trying to maintain a healthy weight, but are also working hard to reduce pounds.