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Dr. Radha IyengarBreast Surgery

Reducing breast cancer recurrence

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There are things you can do to help lower your risk of developing breast cancer recurrence
Studies have shown that post menopausal women who participate in a regular exercise program have a lower risk of recurrence
The benefit of exercise occurs when the exercise is moderate or vigorous.
Moderate exercise allows you to talk while exercising.
Vigorous exercise only allows you to say a few words at a time since you are breathing much harder
Exercise has the highest benefit for breast cancer survivors who are overweight or obese. 
The American College of Sports Medicine, the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association recommend 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate exercise OR 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous exercise every week for the highest benefit. 
Since there are safety precautions for breast cancer survivors partaking in an exercise program consult your doctor before starting a new exercise regimen.