Prevention magazine: how exercise helps breast cancer recovery
Filed under Strength & Courage
Exercise cuts your odds of getting cancer or a recurrence. Try this simple workout as part of your treatment plan
By Holly St. Lifer
If you've gone through breast cancer surgery and treatment, working out is probably the last thing you feel like doing. In fact, as recently as 15 years ago, doctors actually would have discouraged you from exercising during and after treatment. But today the reasons to lace up a pair of sneakers are indisputable: Exercise can halve your risk of breast cancer recurrence, according to the Harvard Nurses' Health Study, and women who exercise are 50% more likely to survive breast cancer than those who don't work out.
What makes exercise such a potent breast cancer weapon?