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Obesity and breast cancer: a review of the literature

Carmichael, Amtul R, Bates, Tom (2004) Obesity and breast cancer: a review of the literature. The Breast, 13 . pp. 85-92. ISSN 0960-9776. (doi:10.1016/j.breast.2003.03.001) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:23629)

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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
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.breast.2003.03.001
Subjects: R Medicine > RD Surgery
R Medicine
Divisions: Divisions > Directorate of Education > School of Education
Funders: National Institute of Lymphology (
Depositing User: Bates Tom
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2011 13:20 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 10:40 UTC
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