Breast cancer and obesity: navigating the complex link

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Women with abdominal adiposity may be at risk of developing a different subtype of breast cancer than those with widespread fat accumulation.

woman's fat belly

That’s the main finding from a large Chinese study that suggests the link between breast cancer and obesity may be more complex than previously thought.

Specifically, the researchers found that women with a high BMI and a measure of subcutaneous fat were more likely to have ER+ breast cancers, especially if they were premenopausal. 

In contrast, women with a high waist-hip ratio