Obesity and breast cancer: a review of the literature.

Carmichael, A.R. and Bates, T. (2004) Obesity and breast cancer: a review of the literature. The Breast, 13 . pp. 85-92. (Access to this publication is restricted)

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Abstract

Summary A woman’s build, the risk of breast cancer and its subsequent prognosis seem to be related. In most but not all case–control and prospective cohort studies, an inverse relationship has been found between weight and breast cancer among premenopausal women. However, most large epidemiological studies have found that overweight or obese women are at increased risk of developing postmenopausal breast cancer. It is suggested that higher body mass index is associated with a more advanced stage of breast cancer at diagnosis in terms of tumour size but data on lymph node status is not so consistent. All treatment modalities for breast cancer such as surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and hormonal treatment may be adversely affected by the presence of obesity. The overall and disease-free survival is worse in most but not all studies of prognosis of obese pre- and postmenopausal wmen with breast cancer

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RD Surgery
R Medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Centre for Professional Practice
Depositing User: Tom Bates
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2011 13:20
Last Modified: 11 May 2012 14:29
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/23629 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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