Why Exercise Is Important for Breast Cancer Survivors
In a new study examining how health habits can make a difference when it comes to breast cancer recurrence and survival after breast cancer treatment, researchers discovered that regular exercise is the most important factor. For the study, the research team analyzed 70 articles about lifestyle factors—diet, exercise, alcohol intake, dietary supplements, smoking, etc.—that impact breast cancer survival.
Results of the study show that breast cancer survivors who exercise regularly are about 40 percent less likely than to die from breast cancer than those who do not exercise. According to researchers, fewer than 13 percent of breast cancer survivors get the recommended amount of exercise—150 minutes of moderate activity a week.
Good nutrition and maintaining a healthy weight are also important. Weight gain after breast cancer treatment increases recurrence risk and decreases survival rates, and a diet high in saturated fat has been linked to a higher risk of dying from breast cancer. Other than smoking—which everyone should stop—studies involving additional health habits—vitamin and alcohol intake, for example—and breast cancer survival are inconclusive at this time.
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