CHAPEL HILL — 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 www.interscience.wiley.com.