Monday 24 October 2016

Shed the pounds to fight cancer

Published 21/06/2016 | 02:30

A brisk walk for 25 minutes halves the risk of death.
A brisk walk for 25 minutes halves the risk of death.

Around 30,000 people are newly diagnosed with cancer in Ireland annually.

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Now the latest advice is they should be told about the importance of diet and exercise, amid mounting evidence that shedding the pounds is the best way to fight the disease.

A daily brisk walk of just 25 minutes was found to almost halve the risk of death among breast cancer sufferers, while a waistline larger than 35 inches increased death rates by one third.

Results from a slew of trials showed "powerful" and "groundbreaking" evidence of the benefits of a slim waistline, with weightloss and exercise helping even those with advanced cancer. Experts said losing 5pc of body weight - which could mean as little as 10 pounds - could lead to a 20pc increase in breast cancer survival.

American Society of Clinical Oncology's conference was told every woman diagnosed with breast cancer should be being counselled about weight loss and exercise.

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