Breast Cancer Patients Urged to Exercise More

iStock/Thinkstock(CHAPEL HILL, N.C.) — Bouncing back from a breast cancer diagnosis is no easy task but health experts have long maintained that the road to recovery can be facilitated through regular exercise.

However, as researcher Brionna Hair of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill discovered, most women diagnosed with the disease fail to get the recommended regimen of exercise: either 75 minutes a week of a rigorous workout or 150 minutes of exercising moderately.

In examining 1,735 women ages 20 to 74 who learned they had breast cancer, nearly six in ten were found to have cut back on exercise in the half-year after the diagnosis. Meanwhile, just 35 percent met the recommendations as they were being treated for breast cancer.

What’s more, Hair’s study found that African-American women with breast cancer were 40 percent less likely than their white counterparts to get the proper amount of exercise.

Hair says it’s then up to physicians and other health care workers to speak with breast cancer patients about how crucial exercise is in improving outcomes and help women form strategies to get them on the right track.

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