Navigation Links
Most breast cancer patients may not be getting enough exercise
Date:6/8/2014

Physical activity after breast cancer diagnosis has been linked with prolonged survival and improved quality of life, but most participants in a large breast cancer study did not meet national physical activity guidelines after they were diagnosed. Moreover, African-American women were less likely to meet the guidelines than white women. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings indicate that efforts to promote physical activity in breast cancer patients may need to be significantly enhanced.

The US Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the American Cancer Society, recommends that adults engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity (or an equivalent combination thereof) each week for general health benefits and for chronic disease prevention and management.

Because it's important to understand whether there is capacity for improvement in the physical activity levels of women with breast cancer, Brionna Hair, a doctoral candidate in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her colleagues examined levels of and changes in physical activity following breast cancer diagnosis, overall and by race, in a population-based study of breast cancer patients. The study assessed pre- and post-diagnosis physical activity levels in 1,735 women aged 20 to 74 years who were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer between 2008 and 2011 in 44 counties of North Carolina.

The researchers found that only 35 percent of breast cancer survivors met current physical activity guidelines post-diagnosis. A decrease in activity approximately six months after diagnosis was reported by 59 percent of patients, with the average participant reducing activity by 15 metabolic equivalent hoursequivalent to about five hours per week of brisk walking. When compared with white women, African-American women were about 40 percent less likely to meet national physical activity guidelines post-diagnosis, although their reported weekly post-diagnosis physical activity was not significantly different from that of White women (12 vs 14 metabolic equivalent hours). Ms. Hair noted that it's important to realize that African-American women experience higher mortality from breast cancer than other groups in the United States.

"Medical care providers should discuss the role physical activity plays in improving breast cancer outcomes with their patients, and strategies that may be successful in increasing physical activity among breast cancer patients need to be comprehensively evaluated and implemented," said Ms. Hair.


'/>"/>

Contact: Evelyn Martinez
sciencenewsroom@wiley.com
201-748-6358
Wiley
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Eliminating the good cholesterol receptor may fight breast cancer
2. Veggies Like Broccoli, Cabbage May Help Fight Breast Cancer: Study
3. Researchers develop a new cell and animal model of inflammatory breast cancer
4. Scientists uncover multiple faces of deadly breast cancer
5. Depo-Provera Birth Control Might Raise Breast Cancer Risk
6. Routine mammograms may result in significant overdiagnosis of invasive breast cancer
7. Mayo Clinic launches whole genome breast cancer study
8. Breast cancer patients suffer treatment-related side effects long after completing care
9. Teen Drinking May Boost Odds of Precancerous Breast Changes
10. Stress contributes to cognitive declines in women with breast cancer, researcher says
11. Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects May Last for Years
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/1/2020)... ... 2020 , ... ABSTRAX, an industry leader in the study ... terpene infused product line including custom rolling papers, cones, flat wraps, and blunts ... flavors worldwide. , “We’ve made it easier than ever for brands to take ...
(Date:6/28/2020)... ... June 26, 2020 , ... Medisend College ... high-quality, intensive education and training that prepares graduates for professional careers as field ... of the Board of Trustees. , Ms. Williams currently serves as Associate Vice ...
(Date:6/28/2020)... ... June 27, 2020 , ... ... the first online, full-day educational conference in the organization’s history. The online conference ... muscular dystrophy (FSHD), which was cancelled this year due to COVID-19. Nearly 300 ...
(Date:6/24/2020)... ... 24, 2020 , ... At Allerio we have chosen to do things differently. ... We knew it had to be portable, it had to be reliable, it had ... work. , We are proud to announce that Allerio has passed all FCC and ...
(Date:6/24/2020)... , ... June 24, 2020 , ... ... frenectomies for those with lip ties and tongue ties as well as ... offers a collaborative approach to care with multispecialty teams including myofunctional therapists and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2020)... Md. (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2020 , ... ... DisasterReady.org to launch one of the first online COVID-19 trainings for ... the eight courses in this free training entitled COVID-19 Training for Health ...
(Date:6/23/2020)... , ... June 23, 2020 , ... ... describes how the company’s technology can be used to test an in vitro ... study was part of a collaboration between Draper and the ...
(Date:6/23/2020)... ... June 23, 2020 , ... One size fits all may ... to prove a similar, universal program does not work as an overall response to ... nearly everyone’s daily life in one way or another, from plummeting stock markets and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: