(NBC NEWS) — There may be another reason to shed a few pounds in 2020.
New research shows that even moderate weight loss can go a long way in preventing breast cancer.
A new Harvard University study tracked 180,000 postmenopausal women for a decade.
Those who were able to lose just four and a half pounds and keep it off reduced their risk of breast cancer by 13-percent.
Larger amounts of weight loss had an even greater impact.
Women who dropped and kept off at least 20 pounds cut their breast cancer risk by about a quarter.
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