Skirt size could be a significant indicator of a higher risk of breast cancer, a new study suggests.
While previous research has already suggested a link between weight gain and breast cancer risk, waist measurement could also be a telling sign, according to a new study published in BMJ Open.
Waist circumference and body mass index (BMI) have been used to assess health risks but in this study, researchers looked at measurement based on the size of the participants skirt tags.
Researchers studied data from about 93,000 women in the UK who were mostly overweight and menopausal postmenopausal who were part of the U.K. Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer.
Data that was analyzed was collected over a three year period and included the women’s general health, cancer status as well as their skirt size.
The researchers concluded that increase in skirt size was the ‘single most predictive measure of breast cancer risk.’ Women whose skirt size increased a single skirt size over a 10-year span between their mid-20’s and mid-60’s were shown be 33% more at risk of developing breast cancer after menopause. For those who went up two skirt sizes there was an increase in risk as well up to 77%.