Along with early detection with frequent screenings and tests, moderate weight loss after menopause has shown to be strongly correlated with a reduction in the risk of breast cancer, according to an analysis of data from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) Observational Study. While there was no causal inference found between weight gain and increased risk for postmenopausal breast cancer, the research suggests benefits “for smaller degrees of weight loss achievable without surgery.”1
Dr. Anne McTiernan, research professor of epidemiology at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, says that women can best reduce their risk of breast by “maintaining a BMI of <25, staying physically active, eating healthfully, not smoking, drinking little or no alcohol, and undergoing regular mammography screening as recommended.” She adds, “It’s never too late to reduce your risk of breast cancer.”1
For those who need hormone therapy to manage their menopause symptoms, Dr. McTiernan also emphasized that progesterone, bioidentical hormones and hormone creams should also be avoided to decrease the risk of postmenopausal cancer.1
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