Exercise is vital to lower recurrence of breast cancer


2017-02-22 10:13

Researchers say that exercise is the most vital lifestyle change to help decrease the risk of breast cancer recurrence.

Women who survive breast cancer must cope with concerns about a possible recurrence. Positive lifestyle changes with exercise being of paramount importance seems to help lower the risk of recurrence of breast cancer.

The most vital lifestyle change to help decrease the risk of recurrence of breast cancer is exercise

It has been reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal via EurekAlert that the most vital lifestyle change to help decrease the risk of recurrence of breast cancer is exercise. Avoiding weight gain is also a very important lifestyle change. These lifestyle changes may help lower breast cancer recurrence and death.

Dr. Ellen Warner, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, and coauthor Julia Hamer have written that physical activity is the most important lifestyle factor in exerting a positive outcome on breast cancer. It has also been noted that weight gain of greater than 10 percent of the body weight after a diagnosis of breast cancer increases mortality from breast cancer and all-cause mortality. The authors have stated that there is also good reason to discourage just moderate weight gain due to the negative effects which this has on body image and mood.

It has been suggested that patients should get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily, five days a week. Or they should work towards 75 minutes of vigorous exercise weekly. It is also suggested to get two to three sessions of strength training a week for large muscle groups.

It is important to learn how to deal with fears of recurrence of breast cancer

Johns Hopkins Medicine reports on lifestyle changes that may help prevent recurrence of breast cancer. It is important to learn how to deal with fears of recurrence of breast cancer. This can help many women become healthy, strong and optimistic again.

Aside from regular exercise and weight control patients should focus on taking care of themselves emotionally. Taking part in a support group or talking with another breast cancer survivor may help. Volunteering to become an advocate for breast cancer survivors may also be helpful.

It's advisable for breast cancer survivors to also eat healthy foods

It's advisable for breast cancer survivors to also eat healthy foods. A low fat and low calorie diet is best. At least five servings daily of fruit and vegetables is a good idea. Red meat intake should be limited. Two to three servings of fish which are high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as sardines or salmon, can be beneficial. Trans fats should be avoided. Alcohol consumption should be limited and smoking is clearly contraindicated.

It's also advisable to lower stress levels. Aside from exercise, massage therapy, meditation, and acupuncture can help lower stress levels. Being creative with painting, ceramics or drawing also seems to help. Counseling from a trusted professional may also improve outcomes.

Although there is no magic bullet to prevent recurrence of breast cancer a firm commitment to a healthy lifestyle certainly seems to increase the chances of good outcomes. With healthy lifestyle changes including regular exercise, a healthy diet and a positive attitude breast cancer survivors have a better chance of survival with a good quality of life without recurrence.