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The Relationship between Obesity and Breast Cancer Risk and Mortality

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1301/nr.2003.febr.73-76 73-76 First published online: 1 February 2003


Obesity is an established risk factor for postmenopausal, but not premenopausal, development of breast cancer. Evidence for a positive association between obesity and breast cancer mortality is mounting. Avoiding adult weight gain and maintaining a healthy body weight may contribute importantly to decreasing breast cancer risk and mortality, especially in postmenopausal women.

  • obesity
  • BMI
  • breast cancer risk
  • breast cancer mortality

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