High Body Fat in Young Women Linked to a Lower Risk of Breast Cancer

High Body Fat in Young Women Linked to a Lower Risk of Breast Cancer
High body fat in younger women is associated with a lower risk of premenopausal breast cancer, according to new data from a large-scale study co-led by the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The findings from the study, "Association of Body Mass Index and Age With Subsequent Breast Cancer Risk in Premenopausal Women," were published in JAMA Oncology. Breast cancer is the most common type of invasive cancer in women and the second leading cause of death after lung cancer. The disease affects mostly older women between 50 and 75 and is relatively rare in women under 25. “The drivers of breast cancer risk can be different for young women compared to older women, so we need to do a better job of understanding what contributes specifically to breast cancer risk in younger women so we can make appropriate recommendations for them,” Hazel Nichols, PhD, assistant professor at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, said in a press release. Increasing age is considered one of the biggest risk factors for this type of cancer. With every 10 years after menopause, the risk of developing breast cancer multiplies twofold. In addition to aging, late menopause and high body fat also contribute to an increase in the probab
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