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Link Between Breast Cancer Survivors & Weight Gain

July 24, 20159 min
Breast cancer survivors might be facing another issue after treatment: excessive weight gain.According to The American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for women. Breast cancer deaths have been declining, and there's more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. But, these women might be facing another issue after treatment: excessive weight gain.Researchers from Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center reviewed a questionnaire and a follow-up four years later of 303 breast cancer survivors and 307 cancer-free women.Researchers found that within the four-year span, survivors of breast cancer gained more weight (3.6 pounds) than cancer-free women.Why does this happen?Listen in as Kala Visvanathan, MBBS, MHS, shares the recent study and why survivors are gaining more weight.

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