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Monday, September 20, 2010

Physical Activity and Breast Cancer

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Recent findings of the National Cancer Institute indicate that there is strong evidence that physical activity is associated with reduced risk of cancers. Researchers have established that regular physical activity can improve health. Researchers are learning that physical activity can also affect the risk of cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that adults “engage in moderate-intensity physical activity for at least 30 minutes on five or more days of the week,” or “engage in vigorous-intensity physical activity for at least 20 minutes on three or more days of the week.”

Research indicates that physical activity after a diagnosis of breast cancer may be beneficial in improving quality of life, reducing fatigue, and assisting with energy balance,  a term used to describe how weight, diet, and physical activity influence health.

Consider the extent of your physical activity during an average week and changes you may need to make to achieve the suggested level of health benefit. This fall might be your time to focus on fitness for your future. Get a walking buddy, join an exercise program, take up a sport or move along with an exercise video. There are many enjoyable ways to getting moving and reap the benefits of physical activity. Enjoy your body!

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