Losing even a few pounds may lower the risk of breast cancer

In a new study that looked at breast cancer risk in nearly 200,000 women, aged 50 years and older, the researchers concluded that even what they called “modest amounts” of weight lost (about 5 pounds), and which was sustained (meaning the women kept the weight off) was associated with a lower risk of breast cancer. 

Never easy to lose weight, of course, and even harder to keep it off, but this study should motivate some women to at least give it a try.