Need a bigger skirt? You may have upped your breast cancer risk

skirtHave you found that your skirt size has creeped up over the years? Your risk for developing breast cancer might be increasing right along with your skirt size.

Researchers at the Gynecological Cancer Research Center at University College London, recently completed a study on over 93,000 British women. The women were all over age 50 at the onset of the study between 2005 and 2010, and none had a diagnosis of breast cancer.

According to the study, the women had an average skirt size of 8 at the age of 25. When they entered the study, the average age of the participants was 64 and the average skirt size was a 10.  Roughly 75 percent of the women reported that their skirt sized had increased between their twenties and the time of the study. Researchers found that for every two sizes in 19 years a woman’s skirt size increased, her breast cancer risk increased 77 percent.

Interestingly, while risk factors such as family history and use of hormone replacement were also associated with an increased breast cancer risk, it was increases in skirt size that were found to be the strongest predictor.

This goes hand in hand with the latest research finding that abdominal fat might be more of a concern than health experts once realized. And because skirt size may be a better indicator of belly fat than say BMI – body mass index – or even the daily numbers on a scale, researchers think this association might warrant greater investigation.

Of course, this study only showed that there is a link between skirt size and breast cancer risk, but it doesn’t explain why. And researchers also noted that changes in skirt sizing over the years may have skewed results. But in the U.S., smaller sizes are being used for larger waists, this would only make the association between breast cancer and skirt size even stronger.

Bottom line: If your skirt size is growing, it may require more attention than a wardrobe change.

This study was published in the latest issue of BMJ Open.

 

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