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Most women with breast cancer don't get enough physical activity

The study, published early online in the journal Cancer, found just 35 percent of breast cancer survivors met current physical activity guidelines post-diagnosis.
By Alex Cukan   |   June 9, 2014 at 2:52 PM   |   Comments

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C., June 9 (UPI) -- Although it's been known for about a decade that regular physical activity is linked to increased breast cancer survival and quality of life, most women with breast cancer don't engage in enough exercise.

Brionna Hair, a doctoral candidate in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and colleagues, analyzed pre- and post-diagnosis physical activity levels in 1,735 women ages 20 to 74 diagnosed with invasive breast cancer from 2008 to 2011 in North Carolina.

The study, published early online in the journal Cancer, found 35 percent of breast cancer survivors met current physical activity guidelines post-diagnosis -- at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity each week.

"Medical care providers should discuss the role physical activity plays in improving breast cancer outcomes with their patients, and strategies that may be successful in increasing physical activity among breast cancer patients need to be comprehensively evaluated and implemented," Hair said in a statement.

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