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Cancer survivors have low levels of physical activity and high levels of obesity
Date:4/20/2008

those without a history of cancer. Prostate cancer survivors were more likely to be active and less likely to be obese than men without a history of cancer, and male skin cancer survivors were more likely to be active than their disease-free counterparts. Also, obese breast cancer survivors were less likely to be active compared with obese women without a history of cancer. This finding is cause for concern because physical activity may be particularly important for obese breast cancer survivors, the authors note. Studies suggest that obese breast cancer survivors may particularly benefit from higher physical activity levels in terms of preventing disease recurrence and improving quality of life.

In light of their findings, the authors recommend that lifestyle interventions be implemented to increase physical activity and promote a health body weight among cancer survivors.


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Contact: David Sampson
david.sampson@cancer.org
American Cancer Society
Source:Eurekalert

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