MEDIA ADVISORY: Exercise benefits women after breast cancer diagnosis

A Yale University study suggests that women who gain weight after being diagnosed with breast cancer could benefit from regular exercise. The study is being presented at the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago by author Tara Sanft, M.D., member of the Yale Cancer Center and director of the survivorship clinic at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven.

  • When: Monday, June 4, 2012
  • Time: 10:15 to 10:30 a.m., CDT
  • Room location: S404 at the ASCO conference

Recent literature suggests that obesity is linked to poor breast cancer outcomes, including higher risk of recurrence and death.

Weight gain in breast cancer survivors is common, and the Yale study found that it happens more often in women who were not obese at the time of diagnosis. Sanft also found that exercise led to body fat loss and other favorable changes in the body in both non-obese and obese women.

Sanft says, “The take-home is that all women are at risk for weight gain after breast cancer diagnosis. Exercise seems to benefit everyone, and all women should receive counseling regardless of baseline BMI in order to prevent an increase in the prevalence of obesity in this population.”

Sanft will be available to speak to reporters after her presentation.

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Bill Hathaway: william.hathaway@yale.edu, 203-432-1322