Using clothes to predict breast cancer risk

Going up just one skirt size over a 10-year period can put postmenopausal women at increased risk of breast cancer, according to a large cohort study of 94,000 women.

Overall weight gain during adulthood is known to be a risk factor for breast cancer, but a thickening waist seems to be particularly harmful.

The data suggests that a single increase in skirt size every 10 years between the 20s and 50s increases the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer by