New research has suggested that weight loss could help prevent the reoccurrence of breast cancer in those who have previously gone into remission.
According to the research it is possible to change the biological make-up of breast tissue cells simply by losing weight.
What research was undertaken?
Researchers at the Concord Cancer Centre looked at data from 110 breast cancer survivors and found that 66% of them were either overweight or obese, with only one in three actually meeting the physical activity guidelines.
The researchers also found that when the survivors took the decision to lose weight the risk of cancer recurrence reduced by 30%. That is if they lost around 5% of their body weight.
Dr Melinda Irwin, Professor of Epidemiology from Yale University an international expert in weight loss and cancer survival had this to say about the findings:
“My research has suggested that losing weight can actually change biological markers in serum and breast tissue of women with breast cancer and may reduce the risk of recurrence.”
“For instance, our study found that C-reactive protein, a marker of chronic inflammation and associated with breast cancer mortality, is reduced by 30% when women reduce their weight by around 5%.”
“We also see the insulin pathways within the breast tissue change in ways that we know are linked to lower cancer risk and mortality.”
This research is to be presented at the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting.