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Excessive Weight Gain During Pregnancy Can Increase Breast Cancer Risk, Study Finds

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April 11, 2002
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Gaining more than 50 pounds during pregnancy, and not losing the excess weight post-pregnancy, could triple a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer after menopause, according to a study conducted by researchers at Lombardi Cancer Center in Washington, DC, and in Finland. Pregnancy weight gain of 40 pounds increased breast cancer risk by 40%.

(San Francisco) — Gaining more than 50 pounds during pregnancy, and not losing the excess weight post-pregnancy, could triple a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer after menopause, according to a study conducted by researchers at Lombardi Cancer Center in Washington, DC, and in Finland. Pregnancy weight gain of 40 pounds increased breast cancer risk by 40%. The findings are to be presented April 9 at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) annual meeting in San Francisco.


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