Obese women 'less likely to seek breast cancer screening'

A failure to undergo regular screening could put obese women at greater risk of breast cancer, a new study has indicated.

Research conducted by Dr Nisa Maruthur and colleagues at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, US, indicates that women in this category are much less likely to have undergone a recent mammography.

Published this week in Springer's Journal of General Internal Medicine, the study notes that this is particularly the case where caucasian women are concerned.

The authors propose that a number of factors may contribute to this trend, including poor self-esteem and body image, embarrassment and the desire to avoid unwanted weight loss advice.

A lack of routine screening mammography "may explain" some of the increased breast cancer mortality in obese postmenopausal women, they claim.

"Clinicians should be aware of this disparity in evaluating their own practices," the report adds.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among females in the US. ADNFCR-2094-ID-19080785-ADNFCR