Can Running Reduce Recurrence Of Breast Cancer?

Running is good for your other breast. Apologies to Pablo Picasso 🙂

I guess one of the biggest bugbears of having breast cancer is that we have TWO breasts. So if like me, you had one removed, there’s still the other one remaining. And though mine was a DCIS case and I have thankfully, a reduced risk of cancer “spreading” to my other breast, there is always the possibility of cancer happening in Breast #2.

When I started running, it was pretty accidental. But I discovered this article that made me sit up (and shout hooray): Walking Can Cut Breast Cancer Recurrence Dramatically, from Muscle Mag Fitness.Com.

The article reads: Research from The Nurses Health Study published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) tracked nearly 3,000 women up to 14 years after their breast cancer diagnosis and found that cardiovascular (cardio) and aerobic exercise reduced the likelihood of breast cancer recurrence and increased the odds of living longer.”

Dr Carolyn Kaelin is a Harvard breast surgeon who is also a breast cancer survivor. She has authored the books: Living Through Breast Cancer and The Breast Cancer Survivor’s Fitness Plan.

The article quotes her saying: “Recurrence rates and deaths from breast cancer decreased by 40 percent among those who exercise at least 3-5 hours per week, compared with those who were sedentary. It does not need to be running a marathon, or biking a century, but rather simply walking briskly most days on a treadmill, at a shopping mall or around a track, that further reduces breast cancer recurrence for those who have been treated for breast cancer. For all women, in addition to physical activity helping to optimize body weight and reduce high blood pressure (hypertension), heart disease, stroke and diabete, scientific research is more strongly pointing to the positive effects of cardiovascular exercise in reducing breast cancer risk and the risks of other forms of cancer, too.”

I was one of those sedentary at-risk women. I’ve had my breast cancer. Now I’m determined to make a change — and thank God He has given me the grace to start running.

Now I can really run happy!