AACR Logo Overweight women have for long needed to be extremely careful about their health. This news seems to essay that even further. A study claims that breast cancer patients with an elevated body mass index (BMI) appear to have a poorer cancer diagnosis afterward in life. Particularly, their treatment effect apparently does not remain as long and their danger of mortality could augment.

By means of the Danish Breast Cancer Cooperative Group database, the study authors supposedly assessed the health information like status during detection, malignancy grade, tumor size, amount of lymph nodes eradicated, estrogen receptor status, treatment regimen and more. This data was supposedly collected from around 54,000 women.

Marianne Ewertz, M.D., professor in the Department of Oncology at Odense University Hospital, Denmark commented, “Overall, women should make an effort to keep their BMI less than 25. Those who have a high BMI should be encouraged to participate in mammography screening programs for prevention efforts,”

Ewertz and colleagues went on to investigate the impact of obesity on the danger of developing breast cancer relapse and mortality in association with adjuvant treatment.

The experts could work out the BMI for around 35 percent of the women whose data about height and weight were accessible. A healthy, standard BMI score is claimed to be between 20 and 25. If the score is lower than that, then the person could be underweight and if it is above the normal range, then that individual may be overweight.

These women were trailed for around 30 years, from 1977 to 2006. It was then supposedly discovered that women having elevated BMIs were older and appeared to have more advanced disease during detection as opposed to those who had a BMI in the standard range. As the threat of distant metastases augmented, the BMI seemed to be more. Nevertheless, BMI apparently played no function in loco-regional recurrence.

As per Ewertz, women with a high BMI are believed to have an augmented danger of expiring from breast cancer. This finding was claimed to be steady over the entire study duration. Additionally, adjuvant treatment appeared to lose its effect more quickly in obese patients.

The study results were presented at the CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.