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Obesity Found to be Major Risk Factor in Developing Basal-like Breast Cancer

Women who are obese face an increased risk of developing an aggressive sub-type of breast cancer known as “basal-like,” according to research conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In a study published online by the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, a team led by Dr. Liza Makowski, assistant professor on nutrition at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Dr. Sneha Sundaram, postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Makowski’s lab, outlined the biological mechanisms whereby obesity can create a favorable environment for the growth of basal-like breast cancer tumors.