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Apr 16, 2021 04:37AM
Apr 17, 2021 08:25AM
I don't know. The problem with studies like this is that they don't show that losing weight actually helps prevent recurrence. Because they are comparing heavier women to lighter women, not heavier women to women who used to be heavier and lost weight.
It seems to me it isn't accounting for the impact of *weight loss* at all. For all we know, overweight women are more likely to use unhealthy crash diets that may increase risks. Or the same factors that lead to women being more likely to be heavier may also lead to them being more likely to get breast cancer, and losing weight might not change that.
And according to this study, failure to lose weight may be factor (and I say may because it didn't actually study the impact of weight loss) in 7% of cases. That's really not very high. And especially if a woman's ethnicity isn't white, I'm not sure how seriously she should take this study at all.
There is actually research coming out now that indicates that the heavier a woman is, the worse quality of healthcare she is likely to receive due to implicit (and explicit) bias on the part of the medical system and medical providers. That will not shock anyone who has sought healthcare as a non-thin woman, but it's nice to have the data. But given that, who knows how much of the worse health outcomes are actually due to... worse healthcare.
Basically I am very skeptical of a lot of the coverage around weight and weight loss. And I say this as someone who has been recently successfully losing weight and very happy about it - it's a blast to fit into clothes that I didn't used to fit, but the only thing I can say for sure that is benefiting is my vanity.
Dx at 39. 1.8cm. Oncotype 9.
9/19/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH)
10/18/2018 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
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12/3/2018 Whole-breast: Breast
12/19/2019 Fareston (toremifene)