Megan Rauscher ORLANDO
for half an hour a day after a diagnosis of breast cancer may improve survival,
a conference heard this week. The results of the study were presented at the
95th annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Orlando,
Researchers from Harvard University in Boston used the Nurses' Health Study to
assess the impact of physical activity on breast cancer survival.
"Physical activity after a breast cancer diagnosis has been strongly linked to a
better quality of life, but little is known about whether physical activity can
actually lengthen life after breast cancer," lead researcher Michelle Holmes
Among a cohort of more than 2000 women who reported their level of physical
activity after being diagnosed with breast cancer between 1984 and 1996, 209
died of their disease by the end of follow up in 2002.
'We were able to show that even a moderate amount of physical activity improved
the odds of surviving breast cancer. It is especially heartening for women
recovering from breast cancer to know that the benefit is as readily accessible
as walking for 30 minutes on most days of the week,' said Dr Holmes.