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Breast cancer and physical exercise

Updated: Monday, June 16 2014, 12:36 PM CDT
(ABC)   There's a simple thing that women with breast cancer can do to fight the disease
And yet - many aren't doing it enough.
   
ABC's Medical Contributor Dr. Timothy Johnson explains that excercise.. can save lives.

Charity walks and runs for breast cancer events that foster camaraderie and raise awareness. But for women with breast cancer there may be another reason to run or walk. It may boost their odds of surviving this disease.

In a review released today, University of North Carolina researchers found if women with breast cancer exercise, they cut their chance of dying from it by a third. The bad news? Barely a third of these women currently meet physical activity guidelines after they are diagnosed.

Among African-American women, the situation is even worse. Regardless of treatment, these women are significantly less likely to exercise enough after diagnosis and have the highest likelihood of dying from their cancer.

So for the millions of American women living with breast cancer it is literally a call to action. It's time to get physical in your fight against breast cancer.

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