New Findings Indicate Additional Benefits Of Exercise To Breast Cancer Survivors

by Yasmine Pezeshkpour, University of Southern California

Can exercise reduce the risk of heart disease in women with breast cancer?

That's what Kyuwan Lee Ph.D. '19 investigated as a part of study led by Christina Dieli-Conwright, "Effects of Aerobic and Resistance Exercise on Metabolic Syndrome, Sarcopenic Obesity, and Circulating Biomarkers in Overweight or Obese Survivors of Breast Cancer: A Randomized Controlled Trial."

Their findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Oncology, used the Framingham Risk Score—a scoring system used to determine someone's chances of developing cardiovascular disease—to test breast cancer patients' chances of developing the disease over 10 years.

"Breast cancer patients are exposed to a higher risk of cardiovascular complications during and after cancer treatmentfrom chemotherapy and radiation therapy," Lee said, referring to the negative health concerns induced by cancer-related treatments and exacerbated by obesity and sedentary lifestyles.

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