Even though breast cancer is more readily treatable with surgery, obesity and breast cancer both continue to be on the rise worldwide. These two disorders are interconnected, as women who are overweight or obese have an increased risk of developing breast cancer, especially postmenopausal women in the United States.
Many pre- and postmenopausal women end up gaining weight after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis, due to medications, lack of exercise, poor diet, hormones, etc. Weight gain and obesity can lead to poorer breast cancer prognosis, and may lead to the development of further complications, such as heart disease and diabetes. Being overweight also can increase the risk of breast cancer coming back.
Understanding the connection between excess weight and breast cancer risk gives individuals more reasons to empower themselves to take control of their weight after a breast cancer diagnosis.
Most importantly, people can use the many available resources to better manage their weight and decrease risks of developing this all-too-common and life-threatening disease. The good news is that weight management plays a key role in the prevention of breast cancer and in improving the prognosis once breast cancer is diagnosed and treated.
Although breast cancer treatments have come a long way over time, women still need to remain vigilant and should contact their doctor if they notice changes in their breasts. If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, we understand that it can is an emotional process. Dr. Whittwell and his staff will discuss which treatment options are best for you, and go over the expected recovery process. Due to the option and availability of breast surgery, we are seeing more women survive breast cancer with a renewed and invigorated sense of self.
For more information on breast cancer surgery performed by Dr. Whittwell in Miami, Florida, and how we can help you live a healthier lifestyle, contact us today at (305) 665-0100. You can also request an appointment online to discuss your condition and the best treatment options.