Overweight women need more regular cancer scans
Overweight women should be screened for breast cancer more frequently as they have a greater chance of rapidly developing hard-to-treat tumours, a new study shows.
An investigation revealed that those with a BMI of 25 or above were more likely to be diagnosed with tumours two centimetres or larger - the threshold between stage one and stage two cancers - than women of a healthy weight.
The study authors called on doctors to more proactively recommend screening for overweight women.
The investigation involved more than 2,000 cases of breast cancer over seven years in Sweden, where screening for the disease takes place at 18 to 24-month intervals.
Here, Breastcheck offers mammograms every two years to women between the ages of 50 and 64.