Exercise to Prevent Breast Cancer Recurrence

a young woman running against breast cancer

Physical activity and avoiding weight gain are the most important lifestyle choices for breast cancer patients, according to a new review of studies.

Researchers looked at several lifestyle factors—including exercise, weight, diet, and smoking—to determine the changes women can make to improve their chances of survival and reduce the risk of recurrence.

The key findings include avoiding weight gain, moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, taking vitamin C and vitamin D supplements, quitting smoking, and limiting alcohol intake.

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“Exercise Most Important Lifestyle Change to Help Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence,”Canadian Medical Association Journal, 2/21/17