Relationship Between Anthropometric Measurements and Survivors of Breast Cancer

August 31, 2019



In this study, we aimed to evaluate the correlation between anthropometric measurements and breast cancer survival.

Material & Methods

In this prospective study, we evaluated patients who underwent operation because of cancer within the last 3 years or patients with breast cancer diagnosed in postoperative histopathological examination. Patients were divided into four groups based on their body mass index (BMI) values.


A total of 160 patients underwent surgery due to breast cancer. The mean age was 54.16 (21-88) years. The mean duration of follow-up was 51 months. Weight of the patients was found as ≤ 50 Kg in 7 patients, between 51-70 Kg in 51 patients, between 71-90 Kg in 51 patients, and > 90 Kg in 7 patients. The mean height was 158 cm. According to BMI classification, there was no statistically significant difference between the incidences of tumor/estrogen receptor (p>0.05). However, rate of tumor estrogen receptor positivity was increased with BMI.

Mortality occurred in 2 patients from tumor, and in 2 patient due to non-tumoral reasons. The mean overall survival was 125 months. The mean tumor free survival was 91.5 months. Whereas tumor free survival was better taller patients, no significant difference was found between tumor free survivals according to weight. Overall survival was better in patients with a high between 151-161 cm, compared to those with a height < 151 cm and the patients with a height > 161 cm.


There is an association between anthropometric measurements such as weight and height and breast cancer. Effects of toxins and carcinogens increase with the increase of adipose tissue.


Anthropometric, measurement, breast cancer, height, weight


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Author Details

Tolga Canbak

Aylin Acar

Kemal Tekesin

Mujgan Caliskan

Orhan Alimoglu