Since hitting puberty four decades ago, Claudia Pianko has struggled with her weight. “When I was in 6th grade, I was 144 pounds,” she says. By last January, the 58’’ Greensburg woman weighed in at 385 pounds.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2016
  • Sub Heading Tobacco has long been the No.1 preventable cause of cancer, but excess weight is a close second
  • Sidebar Title Weight and Diet
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    • Should I have another?
    • Just a moderate amount (even a 12 a glass a day of alcohol, yes even red wine) is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, notes Dr. Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health.

    • Can weight control help cancer survivors?
    • Pittsburgh researchers hope to answer the question: Can changes in diet and physical activity help women remain cancer-​free longer after treatment for ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer? Both the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and Allegheny Health Network’s West Penn Hospital are recruiting patients for this national phase III trial.

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