Excess Weight Dangerous for Postmenopausal Cancer Sufferers
According to a recent study, women who have gone through menopause and are overweight or obese are at higher risk of contracting breast cancer—and their tumors can be more aggressive.
Researchers at the University of Colorado investigated where the body stored excess calories consumed in the diet. In animals of a healthy weight, fat and sugar were dealt with predominantly by the liver; but in obese test subjects, fat and sugar were absorbed by the tumors themselves. In effect, they were feeding the cancer and helping it grow.