Get your new year off to a healthy start and join us for #BCCEU on Twitter on Thursday 3 January, 2013 at 8.30 pm, when professional fitness instructor Vanessa Reid will be answering your questions on breast cancer and exercise.
Originally posted on Breast Cancer Chat Europe :
Over the past decade, exercise has emerged as an integral aspect of cancer survivorship and preventing or treating the late effects of therapy. A growing body of evidence suggests that engaging with exercise reduces your risk of recurrence and enhances your ability to live a longer, healthier life.Physical activity can hasten recovery from the immediate side effects of treatment and can prevent long-term effects.
Yet, despite the beneficial evidence, only 32% of breast cancer survivors engage in the recommended level of physical activity. Furthermore, women post breast cancer treatment tend not to achieve pre-treatment physical activity levels. Some of the barriers to engaging in physical activity may be related to ongoing fatigue, lack of confidence and motivation. Concerns about developing lymphedma can also be a significant barrier to exercising, (not helped by different reports of what should/shouldn’t be done to prevent it).