Obesity in Black women increases their risk of recurrence of breast cancer or even dying, but not so in Americans of European descent, according to a new study from Indiana University. Researchers analyzed data from a chemotherapy clinical trial involving 5,000 women. When they looked at the type of breast cancer, obesity was associated with worse outcomes in African American women with ER+ cancer, not triple negative breast cancer.
- See “IU Study Finds Obesity Increases Breast Cancer Risk In Black Women” by Farah Yousry on the WFYI PBS station website in Indianapolis.
- For the abstract of the study, see “Impact of African ancestry on the relationship between BMI and survival in early stage breast cancer: Retrospective analysis from E5103” by Tarah Jean Ballinger et al.