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Exercise may increase lifespan after breast cancer treatment

Exercise may increase lifespan after breast cancer treatment

January 31, 2018

According to National Cancer Institute estimates, there were about 252,710 new diagnoses of breast cancer in the United States in 2017. The life expectancy following treatment for this type of cancer is quite good, with a 5-year survival rate of 89.7 percent.

However, cancer treatment is often associated with the onset of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of related conditions including heart disease, hypertension, obesity, high blood sugar, and insulin resistance. Metabolic syndrome has also been linked to a poorer survival rate among breast cancer survivors.

That is why researchers from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, have set out to see how post-treatment life expectancy might be prolonged through regular exercise, which can help to tackle or prevent the onset of metabolic syndrome. 

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