Abdominal Fat Increases Risk of Postmenopausal Women Developing Some Cancers, Study Suggests

Abdominal Fat Increases Risk of Postmenopausal Women Developing Some Cancers, Study Suggests
Abdominal fat is a better predictor than body weight of postmenopausal women developing some types of cancer — but not ovarian cancer, according to a Danish study. It reported that women with a lot of abdominal fat are at higher risk of developing lung or gastrointestinal cancers. The fat did not increase the risk of them developing ovarian or breast cancer, however. The team presented the study at the European Society for Medical Oncology Congress in Madrid, Sept. 8-12. Postmenopausal women are prone to gaining weight, and the study adds a new perspective to that issue. Line Mærsk Staunstrup, a doctoral student at the University of Copenhagen who works at Nordic Bioscience, led the research. It was titled “A study of body fat composition, derived from DXA-scans, in association with cancer incidence in postmenopausal women.” “When assessing cancer risk, body mass index (BMI) and fat percentage may not be adequate measures as they fail to assess the distribution of fat mass,” she said in a press release. “Avoiding central obesity may confer the best protection.” The research covered 5,855 women. They were part of the Prospective Epidemiologic Risk Factor study, which investigated age-related diseases in postmenopausal women in Denmark. Staunstrup discovered 811 solid cancers among the women – 293 breast and ovarian cancers, 345 lung and gastrointestinal cancers, and
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