Research Finds Breast Cancer Patients Don’t Get Enough Exercise

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Only about a third of breast cancer patients and those recovering get enough exercise.

Exercising on a regular basis is part of living a healthy lifestyle, and doctors even recommend that breast cancer patients stay active. However, finding the energy and motivation to work out while undergoing physically taxing treatments such as chemotherapy can be a challenge. In fact, a new study published in the journal Cancer found that about a third of women currently going through cancer treatment or recovering from their battle don't get enough exercise. 

Doctors recommend that breast cancer patients and recoverees get about 150 minutes of exercise a week. Women can achieve this level of physical activity any number of ways, including through yoga, jogging, walking or biking. The focus isn't on the kind of activity patients do, as long as they do it. However, only 35 percent of the 1,700 women surveyed in the study met their 150 weekly minutes.

"Physical activity after a breast cancer diagnosis has been shown to improve a patient's chances of survival, and there is also some evidence that it may help to reduce the risk of breast cancer returning," Caroline Dalton, of the U.K. charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer, told BBC News. "Keeping active may also help patients cope, both during and after treatment, by improving general health and well-being."

Breast cancer patients can look for classes specifically for women undergoing treatment. They can also go for walks with friends to meet the suggested 150 minutes a week. 

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