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Adult nursing
Bariatric surgery could reduce the risk of specific types of breast cancer
  1. Úna Kerin
  1. Adult Nursing, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Úna Kerin, Adult Nursing, Birmingham City University, Birmingham B15 3TN, UK; una.kerin{at}bcu.ac.uk

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Commentary on: Feigelson HS, Caan B, Weinmann S, et al. Bariatric surgery is associated with reduced risk of breast cancer in both premenopausal and postmenopausal women. Ann Surg 2019 https://doi.org/0.1097/SLA.0000000000003331. [Epub ahead of print 13 Apr 2019].

Implications for practice and research

  • Preliminary evidence suggests that bariatric surgery reduces the risk of postmenopausal oestrogen-positive and premenopausal oestrogen-negative breast cancer.

  • International, prospective, longitudinal studies using power calculations are required.

Context

Obesity influences the development, prognosis and mortality rates of many types of cancer including that of the breast.1 Research correlates weight gain in adulthood with an increased risk of breast cancer.2 The International Agency for Research on Cancer contends that the relationship between intentional weight loss and cancer risk is yet to be determined.1 Winder and colleagues3 suggest …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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