Workouts May Boost Life Span After Breast Cancer

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Article courtesy of Health Day

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Longer survival after breast cancer may be as simple as staying fit, new research shows.

In the new study, regular exercise appeared to reduce breast cancer survivors' risk of heart disease, diabetes and possibly even the odds for breast cancer's return.

One breast cancer specialist said the findings should give survivors hope.

"A common question asked by patients who have recently completed treatment is 'What can I do to prevent this from happening again?' " said Dr. Alice Police. She is regional director of breast surgery at Northwell Health Cancer Institute in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.

"We now have one more very well done study that supports the idea that exercise -- as opposed to weight loss alone -- is very important in preventing breast cancer recurrences," Police said.

The new research was led by Christina Dieli-Conwright, assistant professor of research, in biokinesiology and physical therapy at the University of Southern California (USC).

Her team tracked outcomes for 100 breast cancer survivors who'd received cancer treatment less than six months before entering the study.

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