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Because you get fat after breast cancer. And why should we try to avoid it
TWO women out of three after a diagnosis of breast cancer put on weight: 9 pounds average. And for a about five pounds become 20. Are the results of a survey published on BMC Cancer - to be performed on a sample of over 300 australian women with breast cancer between November 2017 and January 2018. Results heavy, it has to be said, because obesity is a risk factor for cancer of the breast (especially in post-menopausal women), and the excess weight is related to a higher risk of recurrence and a shorter survival. As if to say, simplifying, that if the pounds don't do well to anyone, still less they do to women who have had a breast carcinoma. And yet it is precisely these women, or at least most of them (69% according to the survey), it takes more weight than their peers healthy, for the accuracy 2,42 pounds more in five years.
More pounds in the first year after the diagnosis in More detail, from the analysis of the data that were collected through interviews online by researchers from the NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University and the ICON Cancer Center, the Sydney Adventist Hospital - it turns out that the majority of participants (77%) both gained weight in the first 12-18 months after the discovery of the disease. At the time of diagnosis, in fact, patients in the obese or overweight was 48%, while at the time of the survey were as much as 67%or. In the same time frame, the obese women increased from 17% to 32%, almost doubled.

“The research is interesting, the sample is large and significant, and the results tell us many things,” says Saverio Cinieri, president-elect, Aiom and director of medical Oncology and Breast Unit of the Hospital ‘Perrino’ Brindisi: “The women recruited by australian writers – the reasoning of the expert – a good percentage are educated, in pairs, and work, in principle, we can assume that many of them are people who are informed on the risk of obesity, aware of the importance to health of good nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyles, and therefore less at risk of gaining weight excessively.
The treatment, the appetite and the psychology Then? "Going to read the study you see that about 40% of these women did hormonal therapy at the time of the survey, about 64% had made previously, and 60% had been in chemotherapy. Well, hormone therapy increases the appetite and also if the chemotherapy does not have this effect, we know that those who make it tend to eat more, also on the pressure of the caregiver and despite the fact there is no need. Then it should be done is made a reflection on the psychological aspects related to food. In the study, for example, are recruited to the women that have faced mastectomy, a surgery which changes the self-image, and that could help to encourage that attitude of ‘letting go’. And it is also always true, especially for those who faced the tough times, that food represents a kind of consolation”.

The risks, however, should not be underestimated. "We have shown also, that we Toast, with a study conducted in 2014 on 520 women followed for 13 years, that even small increases in weight, just 6 pounds in our case, increase in a statistically significant way the risk of riammalarsi: obesity, in addition to the onset of cancer, even predisposes to relapse,” says Cinieri.
What to do? What can you do to help women diagnosed with breast carcinoma to cope with this problem? “Talk with them, take more time to clarify and explain what is the proper lifestyle: nutrition, movement, maintenance of body weight, in addition to other healthy behaviors. We oncologists do this – says Cinieri that in his page of Facebook on behalf of Smith, it also gives practical tips on nutrition – but you can do more. Published studies suggest that follow, in time, and actively, the patients with breast cancer on the issues of weight gain it works”. About the patients: the feeling is that over the decades have become more sensitive and informed on the topics related to food and weight... “let's Say that today a good half attention to food choices, – confirms and ends the oncologist – but there is a lot of fake news on these topics. For example, there is the one who eliminates from the diet the meat, and those who exclude milk, for no reason”.

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