Being Well Festival


Study shows breast cancer patients can lower heart disease risk through exercise

There’s new evidence that a healthy lifestyle can reduce risk of heart disease in women with breast cancer – a central theme of the new Being Well Festival, which launches this Autumn in Coventry.

Breast cancer patients have a higher risk of cardiovascular complications during and after cancer treatment from chemotherapy and radiation therapy, which can be exacerbated by obesity and sedentary lifestyles.

However clinical trials with 100 sedentary, obese women breast cancer stage I-III survivors, undertaken by the University of Southern California (USC), showed that patients who participated in a 16-week exercise programme had a significantly reduced risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

"The main cause of mortality in women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer is heart disease," said Kyuwan Lee, doctoral student at the University of Southern California (USC) told The Independent this week (2 April 2019), noting that prescribed exercise is not considered standard care currently.

"We hope that this study shows the importance of exercise in reducing the risk of heart disease to emphasise the need to integrate exercise into clinical practice for cancer patients," he added.

The Being Well Festival, which takes place at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, on 24 October 2019, in association with Breast Cancer Haven, is a brand new wellness event promoting happier, healthier lives.

Packed with activities, taster sessions and inspiration for healthy eating, exercise and wellbeing, the Being Well Festival is free to attend and will help you on your own journey to better health - whether you are experiencing breast cancer or not.

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