If you have previously had breast cancer and are overweight, your risk of developing it again is increased according to a new study. Since excess fat can cause increased inflammation and hormonal changes. These are integral to the growth of breast cancer.
“Women who were obese at time of breast cancer diagnosis had approximately a 30 percent higher risk of recurrence and a nearly 50 percent higher risk of death than those who were of normal weight at time of diagnosis,” reports ABC News.
This should be of particular concern for obese women in the state of Ohio where 29.6 percent of the population is considered to be obese.
In the beginning stages of breast cancer, it is very treatable in most cases. Those that were diagnosed early and follow a healthy lifestyle following remission will have the highest chance of remaining breast cancer free for the duration of their lives.
In addition to preventing recurrence of breast cancer, maintaining a healthy weight and a healthy lifestyle can also help in preventing breast cancer from occurring in the first place.
Many doctors believe that next to chemotherapy, maintaining a healthy weight, or losing weight when someone is overweight, is the best way to get themselves healthy and to stay healthy.