Cancer Patients Need Exercise Not Rest
Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Campaign, comments on today’s report from Macmillan Cancer Support that more women undergoing cancer treatment should be offered advice on exercise.
She said: “There is growing evidence that leading a healthy lifestyle, including being physically active, can increase a person’s chances of surviving breast cancer.
“Research findings published last year also suggested that being active during and after breast cancer treatment can reduce the risk of side effects such as fatigue, depression, osteoporosis and heart disease. A recommended 150 minutes of physical activity per week, including gardening, swimming or a brisk walk, can reduce the risk of breast cancer returning and the risk of dying from the disease by up to 40%, when compared to being physically active for less than one hour a week.
“Healthcare professionals need the relevant training to enable them to provide appropriate information to women affected by breast cancer so that they are aware of the benefits of physical activity, and the most appropriate exercises for them, especially if they are recovering from surgery or have problems with mobility.”