Breast Cancer Risk Linked to Waist Size Changes

A new study found that a woman's waist size may be tied to her chances of developing breast cancer after menopause.
1:45 | 09/25/14

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We have health news now. A surprising study shows that a woman's risk of developing breast cancer after men pause may be tied to changes in her waist size. This is a dense study. But this looked at the issues of weight, weight gain, body mass index, and that central atopocity, the fat in our midsection, and associated with the risk of breast cancer. And the bad news is, that for each size increase. From a size 10 to a size 12 in a woman's skirt or pant size, in her 20s, 30s, or 40s, her risk of post-menopausal breast cancer goes up 30%. Isn't it natural to go up over time? It is. And we so that over time. What's interesting, it's thought to be used as a proxy or easy to understand way to track our risk factors for breast cancer. What is the thinking behind this possible connection? The theory. It didn't show cause and effect is that that weight, that fat that's concentrated in our mid-section, sometimes called visceral fat, it's dangerous. Hormonely active, can produce estrogen and trigger breast Carson. The take away? Exercise, eat well, and you may need screening. But we're not there yet. Suck it in. Dr. Ashton will be taking your questions. "Pop news" and weather coming up.

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