Thursday, 5 April 2007

Fat and Breast Cancer

A major study suggests a direct link between the amount of fat in a postmenopausal woman's diet and her risk of invasive breast cancer. The researchers suggest that fat may affect breast cancer by stimulating hormone production.

A report of the study was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. But in an editorial in the same journal, two researchers say that to prevent cancer, it is more important for women to control their body fat rather than the fat they eat. For more information about these two different views, see this article.

So what are we to believe? Is breast cancer risk linked to dietary fat or body fat?

One thing seems clear. Maintaining a healthy weight can help cut breast cancer risk.

According to Dr Emma Pennery of UK-based Breast Cancer Care: "A high fat diet can lead to weight gain, and it is widely accepted that being overweight, particularly after menopause, does increase the risk of breast cancer."

And Dr Sarah Rawlings of Breakthrough Breast Cancer adds: "Whether you have been through the menopause or not, being overweight is associated with a variety of health problems, including increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and several types of cancer."

If you need help with controlling your weight or body fat, I may be able to help. You can contact me by sending an email to nutritioniq at gmail dot com (I've disguised my address to foil spammers so use the usual symbols). You can also visit

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