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5 Ways to Stay Healthy After Breast Cancer

By on Jan 28, 2018 in Baby Boomers, BREAST CANCER, HEALTH AND WELLNESS |

Written By: Lorie Parch

No direct link has been established between lifestyle habits and the risk of a breast cancer recurrence, but surviving cancer is a great occasion to evaluate habits. “A cancer diagnosis represents a teachable moment,” says Julia Rowland, PhD, director of the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Survivorship. “It gives you a chance to make lifestyle changes that can benefit your general health and cancer status.”

Here are some good places to start:

Get moving
You don’t need a gym membership to benefit from exercise. The American Cancer Society recommends that survivors get at least 30 minutes of moderate activity five or more days a week. What you do is up to you (and your doctor), but the main point is to get your heart rate up. Exercise can also improve mood and sleep, reduce stress, control weight gain, boost self-esteem, and protect against other killers, especially heart disease and diabetes.

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