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Exercise Often Drops after Breast Cancer

Exercise can aid in recovery from breast cancer. But many women actually exercise less after their diagnosis, a new study finds. Regular exercise has been linked with longer and better quality of life after breast cancer treatment. The new study included 1,735 women recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Researchers asked them about their exercise habits. They asked again 6 months later. About 59% reported doing less physical activity than they did before diagnosis. Only 35% met current national guidelines for exercise 6 months after diagnosis. African-American women were 38% less likely to meet those guidelines than white women. They also had larger declines in exercise. The journal Cancer published the study online. HealthDay News wrote about it June 9.

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