Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Increasing skirt size linked to breast cancer risk

CANCER DIGEST – Sept. 24, 2014 – Increases in skirt size every 10 years was linked to a 33 percent rise in breast cancer risk, a new analysis of a large ongoing population study shows.

The findings stem from analysis of data accumulated from the 93,000 UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening study in England, which is following the women over a long time with periodic questionnaires. All the women were over 50 and post menopausal when they entered the study between 2005 and 2010. 

Since the study started, 1,090 women, or about 1 percent, developed breast cancer. They found that infertility treatment, family history, hormone therapy, were all associated with a significant increased risk of breast cancer. The strongest predictor, however was an increase in waist circumference, as indicated by skirt size, which increased the risk from 1 in 61 to 1 in 51 chances of breast cancer with each increase in skirt size every 10 years. 

Overall weight gain during adulthood is known to be a risk factor for breast cancer, but this study shows that thickening around the waist seems to be particularly harmful. The study was published online today in the British Medical Journal.

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