Researchers have recently supported that the women who are undergoing post breast cancer treatment are more prone to gaining weight than women who are cancer free.
It is a noted scientific fact that most women gain weight as soon as they cross their 40s. Many women might be an exception to that case but mostly doctors recommend exercise and a cautious diet plan to control any weight gain that might occur. It is a defense mechanism to keep the body healthy to withstand the diseases that have high probability of being contracted in advancing age.
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One of those diseases is of course cancer. While every person’s body reacts differently to cancer, researchers have recently studied that women who have contracted breast cancer and are on a post cancer treatment are more likely to gain weight.
According to the researchers, the body is putting up a fight to drive off cancer and survival rate from breast cancer has improved exponentially. Still while recovering the body is weak and can contract other diseases.
"Our study showed that women diagnosed with breast cancer and those who received chemotherapy to treat their breast cancer gained more weight within the first five years of diagnosis and treatment than cancer-free women," said the study's senior author, Kala Visvanathan, MD, MHS, associate professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and director of the Clinical Cancer Genetics and Prevention Service at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center in Baltimore.
Gaining weight is one of the problems that women going through cancer treatment might face. This assumption has been proven to hold for five year post cancer treatment. These women can gain up to 4 pounds during this time.
Moreover, during that time period, 1 in 5 women were also found to gain at least 11 pounds. The increased weight can lead to many more serious problems, such as coronary heart disease, hypertension and type 2 diabetes.
"This is of concern because weight gain of this magnitude in adults has been associated with increased future risk for chronic diseases like coronary heart disease, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes," said the paper's first author, Amy Gross, MHS, doctoral candidate in the department of epidemiology at Bloomberg School of Public Health.
"This study highlights the need for physicians and their patients, including those with a family history of the disease, to pay closer attention to weight gain during and after treatment," Visvanathan said.
For the purpose of verification; researchers analyzed 303 breast cancer survivors and compared them with 307 cancer-free women who were at the same age. All of the women participated in the Breast and Ovarian Surveillance Service cohort study, which looks at both genetic and family influences for developing cancer.
Overall, it was found that women who had been diagnosed gained an average of 3.81 pound more than those were never had cancer, while women with estrogen receptor-negative invasive cancer had gained 7.26 pounds more, and women who specifically had received chemotherapy were two times more likely to hit that 11 pound mark.
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More studies are suggested to verify the results of this study, published in a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research "Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention", so women can be made aware and proper care should be taken that their weight stays under control.