Breast cancer study shows obesity risk

Doctors have a duty to recommend weight reduction as part of overall treatment for obese women with breast cancer, say researchers led by Monash University’s Professor Susan Davis.

This follows their large study of women with breast cancer that shows moderate obesity is associated with increased risk of recurrent disease or death.

“We basically followed a cohort of 1,600 for six years and found that having a BMI of 30 to 40 worsens your prognosis.”

The women were recruited within 12 months of their diagnosis.