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Could weight loss help fight cancer?

We all know there are strong associations between weight loss and improvements in diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, but new research is investigating a link between weight loss and breast cancer. Studies have shown a link between overweight/obesity and increased risk of mortality from breast cancer but new research is looking at if weight loss after diagnosis can help improve outcomes and lower risk of recurrence.

The Breast Cancer Weight Loss study, led by a physician at Dana Farber, is being conducted to answer this question. They are recruiting 3,200 women recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Women in the intervention arm of this study will follow a weight loss program with the goal of losing at least 10% of their body weight in two years. An important outcome of this study is to determine the minimum amount of weight loss necessary to see beneficial effects so physicians can give their patients a manageable goal with proven results. For more information, check out this article in the New York Times: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/06/27/putting-breast-cancer-on-a-diet/

This is yet another reason to achieve and maintain a healthy weight! Along with weight loss, eating foods rich in antioxidants can help prevent cancer. Remember to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables daily!

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