Monday, September 8, 2008

Activity key to breast cancer patients' survival: study

NEW YORK - Women who stay active after being diagnosed with breast cancer - and even those who take up exercise for the first time after diagnosis - have a better chance of surviving the disease, a new study shows.

"Anything is better than nothing," Dr. Melinda L. Irwin of the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, one of the researchers on the study, told Reuters Health. "We actually observed benefits with just doing a little bit of exercise."

Dozens of studies over the past two decades have shown that exercising can reduce breast cancer risk by up to 40 percent, while more recent research has found that activity has equal or even greater benefits for survival among women with the disease.

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