Breast cancer survivors don’t exercise enough
The majority of female breast cancer survivors do not get the recommended amount of exercise, according to a new study.
Researchers collected data on 1,735 North Carolina women between ages 20 and 74 who had breast cancer between 2008 and 2011. The scientists looked at exercise levels before and after the women were diagnosed and compared them to recommended amounts--at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise a week.
The results of the study, published in the journal Cancer, showed that only 35 percent of the women who had breast cancer met the physical activity recommendations. Researchers said that the study should serve as a reminder of the importance of exercise for breast cancer survivors, as numerous previous studies have shown that physical activity after a breast cancer diagnosis can improve chances of survival and reduce risk of cancer recurrence, as well as improve emotional and mental health.