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Research: Walk! Physical Activity and Survival After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Finding: “Physical activity after a breast cancer diagnosis may reduce the risk of death from this disease. The greatest benefit occurred in women who performed the equivalent of walking 3 to 5 hours per week at an average pace.”

 

In a May 2009 Journal of the American Medical Association research article, Physical Activity and Survival After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, researchers from Harvard Medical School and Dana Farber Cancer Institute examined whether physical activity among women with breast cancer decreases their risk of death from breast cancer compared with more sedentary women. Their finding: “Physical activity after a breast cancer diagnosis may reduce the risk of death from this disease. The greatest benefit occurred in women who performed the equivalent of walking 3 to 5 hours per week at an average pace, with little evidence of a correlation between increased benefit and greater energy expenditure. Women with breast cancer who follow US physical activity recommendations may improve their survival.”

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