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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that exercise is an important part of your breast health?

Medical studies show that exercise can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer as well as reducing breast cancer recurrence if you have been diagnosed and treated.

There also is evidence that exercise can help breast cancer survivors live longer and lead more active lives.

What’s the connection?


Having a consistent exercise routine has these positive effects-

It lowers your risk of not only getting breast cancer, but also other cancers

(such as uterine, lung and ovarian) by helping you maintain a healthy weight and body mass index (BMI). Women with a BMI over 25 have a greater chance of developing breast cancer because fat cells produce estrogen which can result in making hormone-receptor-positive breast cancers develop and grow.

Calculate your BMI here https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_bmi/english_bmi_calculator/bmi_calculator.html


If you are undergoing breast cancer treatment, exercise can help you manage the effects of chemotherapy. In addition to a natural loss of bone mass as we age, cancer treatment can also decrease bone density. Doing weight-bearing exercises helps to strengthen bones along with building muscle mass.

Read more about the effects of strength training on bone density - https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/slowing-bone-loss-with-weight-bearing-exercise

Exercise also has a positive impact on your overall well-being. Strength and endurance increase and your stress levels decrease - critical factors in helping your body to fight cancer if you are undergoing treatment.

Read more about it - https://www.calmmoment.com/living/why-exercise-is-good-for-your-mental-health-and-wellbeing/amp/