Did you know that obesity and breast cancer are correlated? Watch the video to learn more about how healthy weight plays a part in reducing the risk of cancer.
Jay K. Harness, MD, FACS: I think there’s little doubt that obesity is a risk factor for breast cancer. We don’t know exactly why and maybe the more estrogen is stored in the fatty tissue of the body, but I think it’s a very, very clear cut that obesity is a risk factor for breast cancer – that’s the number one thing we want to know.
Number two, if you have been diagnosed and treated for breast cancer, obesity is also a risk factor for ‘you’re not doing this well,’ or to put it the other way around, we want to get patients back to a more normal body weight and making them very heart-healthy as an adjunct to the treatment of breast cancer.
Interestingly, the same thing is true in men. Obesity is probably a risk factor for prostate cancer, same thing if you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, or for that matter, any cancer. Being overweight, being not heart-healthy, is not good when it comes to surviving your cancers.
Dr. Jay K. Harness is a board certified surgeon currently treating patients at St. Joesph Hospital in Orange, CA. Dr. Harness specializes in complete breast health, breast cancer surgery, oncoplastic reconstruction, genetic screening, management of breast health issues, risk assessment and counseling. Dr. Harness is the medical director for Breast Cancer Answers.com, and guides this first ever social media show’s information by drawing on his former leadership experience as the President of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and Breast Surgery International. Dr. Harness graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1969 and spent time early on in his career at the University of Michigan Medical Center.
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