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New research shows exercise reduces risk of death in breast cancer patients

Women with who engage in , even if at moderate level, have a lower risk of death, cancer-specific or not; according to new research presented yesterday at the 2014 World Cancer Congress in Melbourne, Australia.

There exists a growing interest in non-pharmacological treatments for cancer and other non-communicable diseases. has been broadly known as an effective and safe therapy for in reducing fatigue, depression and improving overall quality of life, but this new metaanalysis of 15 clinical studies, involving 1,447 women with breast cancer (average age of 51), found also had a positive effect on tumour growth.

Lead author of the research, Echávez., Master of Public Health at University of Santo Tomás, Columbia, commented: ‘Breast cancer patients should be strongly advised about the vast benefits of physical activity and encouraged to use this ‘free treatment’ to adopt healthy behaviors to reduce their risk of disease progression, in conjunction with any concurrent pharmacological treatment plan they have. Women must complete an exercise volume of nearly 150 minutes per week, including walking and other aerobic activities. It’s also important to encourage strengthening exercises, when advised by their physician.”


Jose F Meneses-Echavez, Robinson Rami?rez-Ve?lez, Emilio Gonza?lez-Jime?nez, Mari?a Jose? Sa?nchez Pe?rez, Esther Molina: Exercise training and Inflammatory blood biomarkers in Breast cancer patients: a metaanalysis of randomized-controlled trials. Presented at World Cancer Congress 2014

Cancer Council Victoria