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More and more research is showing that exercise can reduce the risk of breast cancer coming back if you've been diagnosed, as well as reducing the risk of developing breast cancer if you’ve never been diagnosed.

Regular exercise is an important part of being as healthy as you can be. More and more research is showing that exercise can reduce the risk of breast cancer coming back (recurrence) if you've been diagnosed, as well as reducing the risk of developing breast cancer if you’ve never been diagnosed.

Breastcancer.org visitors know how important exercise is. According to a survey we did in October and November 2011, 70% of people who answered the survey exercised regularly and 23% exercised less often. But they were still exercising!

A roundtable convened by the American College of Sports Medicine in 2010 reviewed available research and concluded that exercise is safe during and after all breast cancer treatments (as long as you take any needed precautions and keep the intensity low) and improves physical functioning, quality of life, and cancer-related fatigue. There also is evidence that exercise can help breast cancer survivors live longer and lead a more active life.

In this section, you can read about the benefits of exercise for people diagnosed with breast cancer, types of exercise, and when you can exercise, both during and after treatment.

— Last updated on January 10, 2022, 3:33 PM

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Linda T. Miller, PT, DPT, CLT
Nancy J. Roberge, PT, DPT, MEd
Cathy Bryan, MEd
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