Maintain a Healthy Weight

Maintain a Healthy Weight


How does obesity affect cancer survivorship?

Research indicates that obesity may worsen several aspects of cancer survivorship, including quality of life, cancer recurrence, cancer progression, and prognosis (survival).

For example, obesity is associated with increased risks of treatment-related lymphedema in breast cancer survivors and incontinence in prostate cancer survivors treated with radical prostatectomy.

In a large clinical trial of patients with stage II and stage III rectal cancer, those with a higher baseline BMI (particularly men) had an increased risk of local recurrence. Death from multiple myeloma is 50% more likely for people at the highest levels of obesity compared with people at normal weight.
Source: The website of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov)

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