Losing just a wee bit of weight may extraordinarily increase the survival rates of breast cancer patients according to a study recently released at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
Looking at the 10-year survival rates of 2,400 women who had been being treated for the disease found that the rate of those who had dropped weight was close to 70 percent greater than that of those patients who not. Surprising even the researches was the nugget that the weight loss did not need to be dramatic. In fact, survivors who dropped and kept off for five years just around five pounds had a greater likelihood for survival for at least 20 years.
Half of the women participating in the study were put on a low-fat diet that cut their fat intake by 50 percent for five years by the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center’s Dr. Rowan Chlebowski and his team. Those who successfully lost weight by following the diet reducing their consumption of oil, margarine, butter, and many types of desserts were the ones who enjoyed a 69 percent greater chance of survival for two decades. The women who experienced the greatest outcomes were the one in five who had cancers that were caused by faulty genes, triple negative types, and other forms of cancers that are not connected to hormones. In most cases, these are the deadliest forms of breast cancer.
Reporting from across the Pond on these heart-warming findings, the Daily Mail’s Sophie Borland said, “Academics say the findings are so promising they suggest that weight loss is as effective as a breakthrough treatment or chemotherapy. It is now well established that being overweight dramatically increases a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer… but this is the first study to show that purposely losing weight can greatly boost the survival odds.”