Get Out and Exercise
A study just released by the University of South Carolina found that women who exercise regularly are three times less likely to die of breast cancer than are those who do not. The women studied, who ranged in age from their 20s to 80s, did not have a prior history of breast cancer. The healthiest women were those who exercised at least 300 minutes/week; the moderate group (who also demonstrated the benefit) exercised 150 minutes/week.
This study joins a number of others that have demonstrated the value of exercise for breast cancer survivors. Several studies have suggested that cancer patients (of all types) who exercise regularly have a lower risk of recurrence than those who do not.
This is important information for us. After active treatment (surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy) is done, there is little that we can do to maximize our chances of staying well. Here is something that may well make a difference. We have all known for years that exercise has other benefits, but this apparent link between breast cancer survival and exercise is a powerful motivator.
This does not mean that you have to run a marathon. It does mean that moderate exercise, as close to daily as you can make it, may help you stay healthy. Pull up your socks, lace up your sneakers, and get moving.