Study finds many cancer survivors overweight

April 21, 2008 1:59:22 PM PDT
A healthy lifestyle may help cancer survivors prevent recurrence of the disuse and live longer. But many cancer survivors have rates of obesity and physical inactivity similar to those of the general population.

A new study in Cancer Research found that less than one-quarter of cancer survivors were regularly physically active and more than 18 percent were obese.

Researchers say maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular exercise may be more crucial for cancer survivors than the general public.

The study found 34 percent of cancer survivors were overweight and almost 1 in 5 was obese.