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Research: Physical Activity and Survival after Diagnosis of Invasive Breast Cancer

In a February 2008 journal article, Physical Activity and Survival after Diagnosis of Invasive Breast Cancer, researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, the University of Wisconsin, Dartmouth Medical School and others stated that: “Among 4,482 women … overall, we observed a significantly lower risk of death from breast cancer and death from any cause with increasing total postdiagnosis recreational physical activity. Analyses in which postdiagnosis recreational physical activity was classified as moderate or vigorous intensity showed that women who participated in moderate-intensity activity had a lower risk of death. However, there was no association of vigorous-intensity recreational physical activity and risk of breast cancer death.[…] These results imply that physical activity has an important benefit on survival regardless of the interval since breast cancer diagnosis.

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