Breast Cancer and Obesity

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At the recent World Menopause Congress  held earlier this month, Dr Genaro Vega-Malagon discussed a study regarding the  association of breast cancer and obesity. The study was conducted through the University Autonomous of Queretaro. Here is a summary of their findings from his presentation:


OBJECTIVE: To determine the association of obesity and anthropometric factors with breast cancer.

METHODOLOGY:Case-control study in Querétaro General Hospital January 2000 to December 2005; cases: 60 women with histologically confirmed breast cancer, controls: 60 women with negative mammography cancer, anthropometric variables were analyzed odds ratio with confidence interval of 95%.

RESULTS: The average age was similar in both groups,  52.65 years (SD 11.80) and controls 52.01 (SD 11.15), with p> 0.05, anthropometric factors that were statistically significant (p = 0.05) were weight, body mass index >25 (OR: 6.05, 95% CI 2.53-14-47) Abdominal circumference >88 cm.

(OR: 2.58, 95% CI 1.11-5.96), waist-hip index ? 0.86 (OR: 3.50, 95% CI 1.55-7.87).

CONCLUSIONS: It is important to determine the anthropometric measurements of women and identify those at risk for breast cancer to conduct close monitoring and early detection of this disease.


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