Breast and Female Genital Tract Neoplasms in Overweight Women

  • Carlo La Vecchia
Part of the Medical Science Symposia Series book series (MSSS, volume 13)


Overweight and obesity are consistently related to the risk of three cancer sites: gallbladder, endometrium, and breast in postmenopausal women [1]. The relative risks are of the order of five for obese individuals as compared to leaner ones for gallbladder and endometrium, and about 1.5 for breast cancer. Still, since mortality rates from breast cancer are substantially higher than from gallbladder and endometrial neoplasms, the public health implications of elevated breast cancer risks in overweight individuals are probably greater than for any other neoplasm [2].


Breast Cancer Breast Cancer Risk Endometrial Cancer Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Population Attributable Risk 
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