Weight Loss
Resources
Basic InformationMore InformationLatest News
AHA News: A Healthier Frozen Treat for Hot Summer DaysEating Before Bedtime Might Pack on the PoundsKeto Diet Might Change Your Gut in More Ways Than OneTips to Keeping Slim When You're Stuck at HomeWhich Diets Help You Keep the Weight From Coming Back?Fitness Key to Long-Term Weight Loss SuccessAHA News: If You Think Before You Snack, It's Not So BadTrying the Keto Diet? Watch Out for the 'Keto Flu'Lose Weight, Lower Prostate Cancer RiskWeight-Loss Surgery Works, No Matter How Long Patient Was ObeseBig Breakfast May Be the Most Slimming Meal of the DayPatients Who Quit Smoking Before Weight-Loss Surgery Often Relapse: StudyFDA Requests Market Withdrawal of Diet Drug Belviq Due to Cancer RiskFor Teens, Weight-Loss Surgery May Not Bring Emotional GainsAHA News: A Sweet Super Bowl Treat That Won't Sack Your HealthWeight-Loss Surgery Brings Surprise Bonus: Breathing EasierAHA News: Processed vs. Ultra-Processed Food, and Why It Matters to Your HealthWhich Obesity Surgery Is Right for You?Could Your Morning Coffee Be a Weight-Loss Tool?What Matters More for Obesity Risk, Genes or Lifestyle?Calories Per Serving or the Whole Package? Many Food Labels Now Tell BothWeight-Loss Surgery Might Also Lower Skin Cancer RiskNew Year's Resolutions Didn't Stick? Try a Monday ResetA Breakfast Fit for Making Your New Year's ResolutionsToast a Healthy New Year With These Holiday Cocktail RecipesBetter Choices for a Fast, Healthy LunchHow You Can Be Overfat Without Being Overweight'Intermittent Fasting' Diet Could Boost Your HealthThe Financial Reward of Slimming DownDelicious Holiday Desserts With Fewer CaloriesAHA News: How to Enjoy the Flavors of the Season Without Derailing HealthWeight-Loss Surgery a Boon for the HeartHealth Tip: Strengthen Self-ControlHealth Tip: Thanksgiving and Your Heart HealthAHA News: Eating Mindfully Through the Holidays – and All YearHealth Tip: Measuring Weight Accurately at HomeMore Americans Trying to Lose Weight, But Few SucceedingThe On-Again, Off-Again Weight-Loss DietWeight-Loss Surgery: Better Health, But No Cost SavingsStaying Slim After Weight-Loss Surgery Could Cut Cancer Risk in HalfHow to Head Off Holiday Weight GainAnother Weight-Loss Surgery Benefit: Lower Breast Cancer RiskWeight-Loss Surgery Protects Heart Patients From Future TroubleWhen You Eat May Matter More Than What You Eat: StudyDeep Sleep May 'Rinse' Day's Toxins From BrainToo Much Salt Might Make You Gain WeightExperts Support Weight-Loss Surgery for Very Obese KidsTry These Homemade Chocolate Treats for HalloweenWhy Maintaining a Healthy Weight Is Important in AdulthoodMoms' Weight-Loss Surgery Tied to Lower Risk of Birth Defects
LinksSelf-Help Groups
Related Topics

Wellness and Personal Development
Men's Health
Women's Health

Another Weight-Loss Surgery Benefit: Lower Breast Cancer Risk

HealthDay News
by By Elizabeth HeubeckHealthDay Reporter
Updated: Nov 5th 2019

new article illustration

TUESDAY, Nov. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery may do more than shrink one's waistline: New research suggests it lowers the chances of breast cancer among women with genes that make them vulnerable to the disease.

In a large-scale study that involved more than 1.6 million obese women, those who were at genetically high risk for breast cancer and had weight-loss surgery were 2.5 times less likely to develop the disease than their peers who did not get the procedure. In terms of percentages, breast cancer incidence was 7.4% for women who had the surgery, while it was 18% for women who did not.

The findings were to be presented Tuesday by Cleveland Clinic Florida researchers at the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery annual meeting, in Las Vegas.

One oncology expert who reviewed the study was intrigued by the findings.

"It's fascinating that a weight-loss intervention may actually reduce a genetically programmed risk," said Dr. Neil Iyengar, a clinical investigator at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Still, scientists have long known that being overweight is an independent risk factor for developing cancer. Overweight and obesity increase one's risk for 13 different types of cancer, and more than half of all cancers diagnosed in women are among these overweight- and obesity-related cancers, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"The impact of obesity on health, and the link between obesity and cancer, has been very well-established. But the reasons why obesity increases the likelihood of people developing cancer are not as clearly understood," said study author Dr. Raul Rosenthal, director of the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at Cleveland Clinic Florida.

Scientists do know, however, that significant fluctuation in weight brings about changes at the chromosomal level. Specifically, telomeres, which protect chromosomes from deteriorating, shorten with obesity and lengthen with weight loss, Rosenthal explained.

Iyengar said it follows that weight-loss surgery might reduce DNA damage and lower one's risk of cancer.

"We've learned that people who are metabolically obese -- meaning they have normal body weight but a high body fat percentage -- are not safe [from cancer risk]," Iyengar added.

In 2018, Iyengar led a study published in the journal JAMA Oncology that analyzed body fat measurements of more than 3,000 postmenopausal women between ages of 50 and 70. At a median follow-up of 16 years, study participants with a normal body mass index (BMI) but high body fat mass were twice as likely to have developed estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, compared to those with a normal BMI but low levels of whole body fat mass.

Despite the ability of weight-loss surgery to reduce weight, body fat and cancer risk -- even for those genetically predisposed to developing the disease -- Rosenthal urges individuals to approach the procedure with caution.

"We are not suggesting that everyone who is obese have surgery," Rosenthal said. "We strongly suggest that the U.S. population needs to be aware that obesity is linked to the potential of developing all sorts of cancer."

Research presented at meetings should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

More information

Visit the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery for more on weight-loss surgery.




328 W. Claiborne St.
P.O. Box 964
Monroeville,
Alabama 36460
Tel: (251)575-4203
Fax:(251)575-9459


powered by centersite dot net