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    Obese Women at risk for later-diagnosed, late-state breast cancer

In the following video, Barbara Pockaj, M.D., a surgeon at the Breast Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, discusses a Mayo Clinic study that found that obese women (defined as those with a body mass index of 30 percent or greater) were more likely to have breast cancer detected at a later stage, presenting with lymph node metastases at the time of diagnosis, than women who were not obese.

"The key factor was that even though most of the breast cancers were detected by mammogram, the obese women had larger tumors than the non-obese women. Because larger tumors were found, they also had a higher risk of lymph node metastasis and therefore a later stage cancer," explained Barbara Pockaj, M.D.

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