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Published October 30th in the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention journal, a definitive correlation has been substantiated between obesity and breast cancer risk. Often, there are differences among subgroups of the population, however, this study confirms a common underlying risk factor for women of all races. Studies reviewing over 3,000 Hispanic women and15,000 African American women confirmed a roughly 30% increase in breast cancer risk for the obese.
Researchers are excited to find a common risk factor for breast cancer, especially one that can be controlled by lifestyle and medical intervention. Obesity, which is highly prevalent in the U.S., is a risk factor of a variety of chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. According to the American Cancer Research Institute, currently:
1) 1/3 of the U.S. population is obese
2) More than 1/2 of U.S. African American females are obese
3) 1/2 of Hispanic women are obese
Though researchers admit that there is more study needed to determine the exact cause, and potential solutions, this information provides solid ground for progress. Treatment regimens for breast cancer can now firmly root in exercise and fitness combined with a healthy diet.