Extra pounds defend women from breast cancer

Weight gain at certain periods in a woman's life reduces her risk of breast cancer, a conclusion reached by scientists at the London Cancer Research Institute. Specialists have studied data from over 600,000 women who have taken part in various studies around the world. 

All participants were divided into six age categories. The experts collected information on the weight of the participants at least at two age periods and observed them for 10 years. Women who gained 20 pounds (9 kg) or more were found to develop breast cancer less frequently. However, it was found that not at all age periods weight gain helped to reduce the risk of malignant tumour development. Kilos gained at ages 18-24 and 45-54 had protective properties. It was in these age ranges that every 10 pounds (4.5 kg) gained reduced the risk of breast cancer by 4%. In addition, the scientists found: kilograms reduce the risk of developing breast cancer only before menopause. After the completion of age-related hormonal restructuring, the weight gained ceases to be an important protection factor against breast cancer. 

April 7, 2020, 9:53 a.m.

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