Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canadian women, representing 26 percent of all diagnostics. The overall cancer survival rate has increased from 25% in the 1940s to 60%. Thus, the proportion of breast cancer survivors is increasing significantly. There is a consensus that survivors benefit from exercise during and after treatment. However, the benefits of exercise may vary as a function of the stage of disease, the nature of the medical treatment, and the current lifestyle of the patient. Based on a review of the oncology-exercise programs in Canada, there is no formal exercise program offered as an adjuvant therapy for cancer survivors in Atlantic Canada.
Create opportunities for women currently being treated for breast cancer to exercise;
Raise awareness of the benefits of exercise during breast cancer treatment; TO BE CONT’D.
Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation
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