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Aureus Medical, a nationwide leader in healthcare staffing, talks breast cancer in obese women

Omaha, NE, (June 9, 2014) - Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, as healthcare staffing professionals are likely well aware. Travel nursing jobs leader, Aureus Medical Group, shares new information that links breast cancer and obese women.

Now, a new study from the University of Oxford suggests that the more a premenopausal woman weighs, the more her life may be put in danger by breast cancer.

This contradicts previous information that indicated that fat may serve as a sort of buffer against the tumor. Thus, being overweight was considered somewhat protective against the cancer among females who had not yet undergone menopause. However, after clinical trials of more than 80,000 women, Oxford researchers discovered that obesity may in fact raise the risk of dying from early stage breast cancer for some women. As the findings show, obese, premenopausal females who had a form of the disease known as estrogen receptor-positive (ER-positive) were 34 percent more likely to die from their breast cancer.

"Among women who develop breast cancer, obesity is reportedly associated with somewhat worse prognosis," Hongchao Pan, study author and senior research fellow at Oxford, told HealthDay.

Pan also pointed out that the findings were striking because almost 2 out of 3 breast cancers are hormone receptor-positive, either ER-positive or progesterone receptor-positive. Pan and colleagues used the standard definition of obesity based on body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. A normal BMI for a woman ranges between 18.5 and 24.9. On top of the dangers from cancer – and since there is no solidified cure for breast cancer yet – the higher one's BMI number, the greater the risk to the female's health.

Read the full article for more on how menopause plays a part in breast cancer.

About Aureus Medical Group:

Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide.  With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire.  Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.