From Texas Public Radio:
More than 7,000 researchers from 90 countries are meeting this week at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
One of the San Antonio doctors sharing his research has exciting news about how aspirin could help extend the lives of patients.
“Up to 1 in 8 women in their lifetime will develop breast cancer, which is an astounding number,” commented Andrew Brenner, MD, Ph.D. “So it really touches all of us.”
Brenner is a man on a mission: to find ways to fight a killer. He’s a medical oncologist. When he started treating South Texas breast cancer patients, he noticed more than half of them were obese. Brenner says it impacts their outcome.
“Women who are post-menopausal and obese have a higher risk of developing breast cancer. Their chance of developing a recurrence is significantly higher, and their survival is significantly shorter,” Brenner stated.
Obesity creates inflammation in the body which can trigger the release of estrogen in the breast, fueling the cancer risk. That inflammation can be inhibited.