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    Childhood cancer treatment and age influence obesity risk for childhood cancer survivors

    Childhood cancer survivors – especially those whose treatment included brain irradiation or chemotherapy with glucocorticoids – are 14 percent more likely to be obese than their healthy peers. (Carmen Wilson, BSc, PhD and Kirsten K. Ness, PT, PhD)

    Unhealthy habits more than double risk of metabolic syndrome in childhood cancer survivors

    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital study finds that few adult survivors of childhood cancer follow a heart-healthy lifestyle that protects against heart disease, diabetes and other health problems. (Kirsten Ness, PhD)

    Unhealthy lifestyle dramatically boosts health risks for childhood cancer survivors

    Adult survivors of childhood cancer who don’t get enough exercise and eat an unhealthy diet more than double their chances of developing metabolic syndrome.

    Childhood cancer survivors may face early aging

    Feeling exhausted? Having trouble getting off the couch? Many people might voice these complaints after a tough day at work. But for childhood cancer survivors, these symptoms may be signs of something more serious: premature aging.

    Adult survivors of childhood cancer at risk of becoming frail at an early age

    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital study finds that young adults who had cancer as children are more likely to be frail than their peers; this condition leaves survivors at increased risk of death and chronic disease. (Dr. Kirsten Ness)

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    Study shows childhood cancer survivors exercise less

    In a new study of adults who survived cancer as children, St. Jude researchers have found that many survivors lead sedentary lifestyles and are more likely to be less physically active than their siblings.