Dietary Fat and the Risk of Breast Cancer

Rose E. Frisch, James R. Hebert, Ernst L. Wynder, John D. Potter, Piero Dolara, Walter Willett, Meir J. Stampfer, Graham A. Colditz, Bernard Rosner, Charles Hennekens, Frank E. Speizer

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To the Editor: The data of Willett et al. on dietary fat and breast cancer (Jan. 1 issue)1 raise several important questions: (1) What was the previous body-weight history of the women who reported that they were currently consuming 30 percent calories from fat? In past decades had they been above their ideal body weight? Had their present-day lower weight for height been achieved by long-term dieting? If this were so, their apparently higher relative risk of breast cancer would be in accord with previous findings of an increased risk of breast cancer in fatter women.2,3 (2) What was the…

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-167
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 16 1987


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