Excess Weight Linked to Brain Cancer Risk in Study

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September 24, 2015

According to new findings published in the journal Neurology, reducing excess weight and adopting a physically active lifestyle may help prevent meningiomas.

Meningiomas account for 36 percent of brain tumors in the U.S., and only 63 percent of patients survive their diagnosis within five years. By losing weight and getting regular physical activity, doctors say individuals may be able to reduce their risk of meningiomas by 21 to 54 percent.

The research was conducted by the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at the University of Regensburg in Germany. This research was a review of 18 previous studies involving more than 6,000 people. About half the study participants had meningiomas, and the other half had gliomas.

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