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Most Women Don't Get Enough Exercise After Being Diagnosed

About 65% of women diagnosed with breast cancer don't meet national exercise recommendations after they've been diagnosed, and Black women are much less likely to meet exercise recommendations than white women.

Jul 15, 2014 | Diagnosis and Exercise
Regular Exercise Before Diagnosis Helps Reduce Risk of Treatment-Related Heart Problems

Women who did 5 hours of moderate exercise per week before being diagnosed with breast cancer were much less likely to have heart problems after treatment compared to women who exercised for less time.

Exercise Before and After Breast Cancer Diagnosis Improves Survival, Reduces Recurrence Risk

Doing the minimum amount of recommended exercise per week — 2.5 hours — both before and after being diagnosed with breast cancer with a high risk of recurrence is linked to better survival and a lower risk of recurrence.

Jun 4, 2020 | Diagnosis, Chemotherapy and Exercise
Exercise Reduces Risk, but Benefits Disappear if Women Stop Exercising

Postmenopausal women who exercised regularly in the last 4 years had a lower risk of breast cancer than women who exercised less during that time; women who had exercised regularly between 5 and 9 years earlier but were less active in the past 4 years didn't have a lower risk of breast cancer.

Aug 14, 2014 | Exercise and Risk Factors
Lifestyle Changes Result in Weight Loss for Women Who've Been Treated for Breast Cancer

A study found that with targeted support and encouragement, overweight women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer were able to make lifestyle changes that helped them lose about 6% of their body weight after a year.

Jun 1, 2015 | Diagnosis and Exercise
Exercise Improves Quality of Life After Cancer Treatment

A new study confirms that people who regularly exercised after cancer treatment felt better physically and emotionally compared to people who didn't exercise regularly.

Feb 2, 2012 | Diagnosis and Exercise
Abdominal and Intramuscular Fat Increase Risk of Heart Disease in Breast Cancer Survivors

Women with a history of breast cancer who have high levels of abdominal and intramuscular fat have a higher risk of heart disease, even if they have a normal BMI.

Aug 9, 2019 | Exercise
Exercise Lowers Estrogen Levels in Older Women

A new study found that post-menopausal women who regularly did intense exercise for a year had lower levels of estradiol, a type of estrogen, compared to women who didn't exercise.

Feb 16, 2010 | Exercise and Risk Factors
Strength After Breast Cancer Exercise Program Successful in Real-Life Setting

A study has found that the Strength After Breast Cancer program, an education and gradual exercise program, can be successfully implemented in a larger, real-world setting. The study also found certain factors that could make the program less successful and offered solutions.

Nov 6, 2014 | Diagnosis, Side Effects and Exercise
Exercise Reduces Risk of Heart Disease in Women With Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Women diagnosed with early-stage disease are less likely to have heart problems if they exercise regularly.

Jun 4, 2016 | Diagnosis, Exercise and Side Effects
Careful Weight Lifting Doesn't Increase Lymphedema Risk

Research suggests that a careful weight lifting program that starts with light weights and gradually increases after breast cancer surgery doesn't increase lymphedema risk and could possibly lower the risk of developing lymphedema.

Women Who've Been Diagnosed With Breast Cancer More Likely to Gain Weight Than Women Who Haven't Been Diagnosed

Diagnosed women gained an average of about 4 pounds more than women who hadn't been diagnosed.

Jul 16, 2015 | Diagnosis and Exercise
Exercise Eases Memory Problems in Women Treated for Breast Cancer

Women treated for breast cancer who did more moderate-to-vigorous exercise reported fewer memory problems.

Having More Muscle Mass May Mean Milder Chemotherapy Side Effects

Research suggests that women with more muscle mass were likely to have milder chemotherapy side effects than women with less muscle mass.

Mar 3, 2017 | Chemotherapy and Exercise
Exercising With Others Improves Well-Being During Treatment

Regular group exercise can improve quality of life for women with breast cancer.

Supervised Exercise Safe for People With Bone Metastases

People diagnosed with metastatic cancer that has spread to the bones can safely participate in supervised exercise programs, according to a review of 17 studies.

Daily Exercise Reduces Breast Cancer Risk No Matter a Woman's Age or Weight

A study suggests that women who exercise for more than an hour a day have about a 12% lower risk of breast cancer compared to women who don't exercise.

Apr 4, 2014 | Risk Factors and Exercise
Exercise Shortly After Breast Cancer Surgery Improves Arm and Shoulder Mobility

Women at high risk of arm and shoulder problems who started a physical therapist–led exercise program about a week after breast cancer surgery with no reconstruction had better upper arm mobility than women who received standard care.

Exercise, Maintaining Healthy Weight May Help Reduce Risk of Neuropathy Caused by Chemotherapy

Maintaining a healthy weight and exercising 5 or more hours per week may help reduce the risk of chemotherapy-induced neuropathy.

Jun 30, 2016 | Chemotherapy, Exercise and Side Effects
Exercise Boosts Health of Breast Cancer Survivors

Regular exercise may increase the life expectancy of breast cancer survivors by lowering survivors' increased risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, along with recurrence.

After Menopause, Women May Lower Risk With Strenuous Exercise

Vigorous exercise may lower the risk of breast cancer in post-menopausal women.

Oct 31, 2008 | Risk Factors and Exercise
New Guidelines on Exercise and Nutrition During and After Cancer Treatment Released

The American Cancer Society has released new guidelines on diet and exercise during and after cancer treatment.

"Heart Healthy" Lifestyle Important for Survivors

Researchers urge women who have had breast cancer treatment to keep their heart health in mind as they build long-term health.

Working Up a Good Sweat Lowers Risk

Six or more hours of strenuous exercise per week can reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Feb 21, 2007 | Risk Factors and Exercise
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