Do breast cancer survivors exercise enough?

Following the article released earlier today by BBC Health, Genesis dietitian, Dr. Michelle Harvie, discusses the link between exercise and breast cancer risk, and the important work The Nightingale Centre & Genesis Prevention Centre is undertaking in this area.

The BBC article cited an American research study published in the Journal of Cancer, which looked at the pre and post-diagnosis exercise levels of 1,735 women aged 20-74. All women involved had breast cancer between 2008 and 2011 in North Carolina.

In the US and the UK, adults are recommended to do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity each week.
This study found only 35% of women who had experienced breast cancer met the physical activity guidelines.

Dr. Harvie commented;

“Here at Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention, we know that most people can benefit from doing more exercise and breast cancer patients tend to do less exercise when going through treatment due to the effects they encounter. There is increasing evidence that doing moderate or vigorous exercise is beneficial to breast cancer patients. It may reduce the chances of recurrence, improve overall health, reduce fatigue and improve bone health. We are studying the best ways to keep breast cancer patients a healthy weight and active during treatment in our B-Ahead 2 study. Further information can be found here on our website”.

Dr. Harvie’s work includes the publication of the international best selling book ‘The 2-Day Diet’ which focuses on how to achieve and maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle – more information can be found here.