Can Exercise Prevent Breast Cancer Relapse?

“FOR women who have recovered from breast cancer, exercise appears to be the most important lifestyle choice to cut the risk of death from a relapse.

Around a quarter of all women with breast cancer will eventually die when the cancer spreads to other parts of the body. But living more healthily can reduce the risk of this happening.” (Coghlan, 2017, p.10).

“They [Hamer & Warner, 2017] conclude that physical activity can reduce the chance of death from a breast cancer relapse by up to 40 per cent. “Exercise had the most consistent and greatest [impact] on the relative risk of breast cancer death,” says Warner.” (Coghlan, 2017, p.10).


Coghlan, A. (2017) Exercise Can Prevent Breast Cancer Relapse. New Scientist. 25 February 2017.

Hamer, J. & Warner, E. (2017) Lifestyle Modifications for Patients with Breast Cancer to Improve Prognosis and Optimize Overall Health. Canadian Medical Association Journal. 189(7), pp.E268-E274. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.160464.


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