The risk of breast cancer tends to be lower in women who participate in physical activity. Several studies presented at the recent American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting in Chicago demonstrate that even moderate levels of physical activity can help women who have breast cancer live longer lives. However, women who have received hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may not get the same benefit from exercise. Community-based programs at Curves or a LIVESTRONG program at YMCAs can help patients with breast cancer increase their fitness and lose weight, improving their quality of life.
Find out more about the associations between physical activity and breast cancer on the pages that follow: