Exercising and Keeping Weight Off Can Help Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer Returning, Study Reports

Exercising and Keeping Weight Off Can Help Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer Returning, Study Reports
Exercising and avoiding weight gain are among the most important lifestyle choices breast cancer patients can make to avoid a recurrence, according to a study. The research involved a review of 67 published articles. Titled “Lifestyle modifications for patients with breast cancer to improve prognosis and optimize overall health,” it was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. “Of all lifestyle factors, physical activity has the most robust effect on breast cancer outcomes,” co-author Ellen Warner, of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in Toronto, said in a press release. "Weight gain of more than 10% body weight after a breast cancer diagnosis increases breast cancer mortality and all-cause mortality. However, there are good reasons to discourage even moderate weight gain because of its negative effects on mood and body image.” The authors looked at lifestyle factors such as exercise, weight, diet, and smoking to determine what behaviors women can change to improve their chances of surviving a recurrence of breast cancer. The review, which the researchers have made available to the public, includes practical recommendations for patients and their families. A key recommendation was avoiding weight gain, since it is linked to decreased chance of survival. Another important recommendation was exercising more. Specifically, researchers recommended engaging in at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week or 75 minutes of vigorous exer
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