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Exercise to Beat Breast Cancer

Thursday, 16 Mar 2017 10:30 AM Current | Bio | Archive

The 2011 hit movie "Moneyball" was based on the book "The Art of Winning an Unfair Game," which chronicled the Oakland Athletics' 2002 season. General manager Billy Beane, faced with a tight budget, enlisted the help of statisticians to craft his team based on special insights from collected data, rather than on scouts' opinions, as teams usually do.

The A's made it to the playoffs that year and the next - with one of the lowest payrolls in baseball.

Now, in the same way, scientists have looked at data on beating breast cancer and identified the best strategy survivors can use to prevent recurrence. And the winner is ... exercise!

Researchers examined how lifestyle choices, including nutritional changes, weight loss, smoking cessation, limiting alcohol consumption and physical activity affect a survivor's risk of breast cancer recurrence and long-term survival.

They found that 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise a week, along with two to three weekly sessions of strength training was most beneficial for lowering the risk of recurrence - plus, it reduced the chance of dying after a breast cancer diagnosis by more than 40 percent!

While most cases of breast cancer are diagnosed at an early stage and are treatable, overall survivors still face a 25 percent risk of death from recurrence/metastasis. And only 13 percent of breast cancer survivors get 150 minutes of activity weekly. So if you've had breast cancer, get moving. It really will boost your chances of a long, healthy life.

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