For years, researchers have studied the relationship between breast cancer and physical activity. Numerous studies have found that physically active women have a lower risk of developing breast cancer than those who don’t exercise. This suggests that physical exercise can be beneficial for breast cancer patients. However, researchers from University of North Carolina found that most breast cancer patients fail to meet physical activity guidelines after being diagnosed with the disease.

The US Department of Health and Human Services and the American Cancer Society recommend that adults engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of intense physical activity each week for general health wellness. Researchers took a look at the pre- and post-diagnosis activity levels of 1,735 North Carolinian women aged 20 to 74 years who were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer between 2008 and 2011.

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