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Thinner girls may be more prone to breast cancer - TODAYonline

Girls who are thin at seven are at higher risk of breast cancer after menopause than chubbier counterparts, Swedish researchers have said.

They found that such girls were also more vulnerable to a worse type of tumour.

The team from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden looked at data from 2,818 Swedish breast cancer patients and 3,111 healthy counterparts..

"It appears counter-intuitive that a large body size during childhood can reduce breast cancer risk because a large birth weight and a high adult BMI have been shown to elevate breast cancer," said lead researcher Li Jingmei.

Questions remained about the "mechanisms driving this protective effect", she said. AFP

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