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Study: Obese women skip cancer tests

March 25, 2008 

— Obesity may keep some women from getting routine cancer screenings, according to a new UNC-Chapel Hill study.

The study found obese white women were less likely than healthy-weight women to get the recommended screenings for breast and cervical cancer, according to the UNC-CH School of Public Health. The trend was not as consistent among black women.

"Our review doesn't tell us why larger women are not getting screened as frequently for these cancers; it only reveals the trend," said Sarah S. Cohen, lead author of the article published online by the American Cancer Society.

The study is available at

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