Faculty Researcher Interviewed by Reuters
Dr. Daikwon Han's Research featured on breastcancer.org website.
Timing of weight gain affects breast cancer risk
Last Updated: 2006-12-27 10:03:02 -0400 (Reuters Health)
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New mothers now have even more incentive to shed pounds gained during pregnancy, other than wanting to fit into those pre-pregnancy jeans. A new study indicates an association between gaining weight in adulthood and an increased risk of breast cancer after menopause.
"We did find some suggestion that weight gain during the 30s and
40s, weight gain since a woman's first pregnancy and weight gain since
menopause, especially for women with a longer time since menopause, may
all be of importance in relation to postmenopausal breast cancer risk,"
the researchers report in the International Journal of Cancer this
Han, D. Nie, J. Bonner, MR. McCann, S. Muti, P. Trevisan, M. Ramirez, F. Vito, D. Freudenheim, JL. Lifetime Adult Weight Gain, Central Adiposity, and the Risk of Pre- and Postmenopausal Breast Cancer in the WEB Study. International Journal of Cancer 2006, 119(12):2731-37.