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'Exercise Is Medicine'

Multiple studies show several physical and mental health benefits of exercising during and after treatment for breast cancer. One expert says, simply, that "exercise is medicine." Here's why. It: -- Reduces nausea -- Reduces fatigue and boosts energy -- Reduces joint pain -- Prevents lymphedema -- Improves sleep -- Reduces anxiety and depression -- Boosts mood -- Reduces chance of recurrence by 30 percent to 50 percent -- Reduces chance of breast-cancer death by 64 percent to 67 percent -- Improves quality of life -- Speeds recovery from surgery -- Maintains bone and muscle mass -- Increases chemotherapy completion rate with fewer delays in treatment...