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Exercise — A Powerful Ally for Breast Cancer Survivors

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Studies show exercising regularly during chemotherapy and radiation treatments doubles your chance of surviving cancer
  • The benefits of exercising during cancer treatment include increasing your energy, minimizing drug side effects, reducing your risk of death and preventing a recurrence
  • Chemotherapy and radiation are more effective when you exercise because aerobic exercise brings oxygen-rich blood to your tissues and makes cancer tumors more receptive to treatment

According to Breastcancer.org, nearly 1 in 8 American women is at risk of developing breast cancer. Beyond skin cancer — which officials believe is the most commonly diagnosed cancer, even though the CDC and National Cancer Institute do not report or track certain types of skin cancer — breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women.

As of January 2019 more than 3.1 million women are either currently being treated for breast cancer or have previously completed treatment.

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