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How can exercise help with breast cancer treatment?

Breast cancer and its treatment can affect your physical functioning and energy. For instance, many breast cancer treatments decrease estrogen in the body, which can, in turn, decrease bone density.

Exercise is important to promote bone density and help prevent breast cancer recurrence. Exercise can also decrease treatment-related fatigue, especially during breast cancer radiation.
If you are receiving treatment for breast cancer, make time for some form of exercise every day to help you regain energy as well as confidence in yourself. It may even help your long-term survival. One study of 3,000 women with breast cancer found those who got a few hours of exercise a week were less likely to die of their cancer than women who got less than an hour a week.

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