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      Exercise for health and fight breast cancer

      Exercise is a good way to help fight breast cancer.{} In fact UAB has even expanded its{}exercise study recently. The University of Alabama at Birmingham{}is looking for another 40 women in its study to help breast-cancer survivors begin and sustain an exercise program.{} The goal is to improve their quality of life.

      {}{}The good news is that treatments are more targeted and for breast cancer patients.{} They are living longer.{} Now the focus is moving to improving the quality of life, according to{}Dr. Laura Rogers.

      {}{} The study began in February.{} It will help discover the specific support needs of a survivor.

      "We're trying to give breast-cancer survivors the tools they need to start an exercise program, and we want to determine the paths that lead them to continue exercising after treatment has ended," Rogers said. "We want to know what kind of support they need."

      {}The Better Exercise Adherence after Treatment for Cancer (BEAT Cancer) study is funded by a $3.5-million federal grant.{} That money comes{}from the National{}Cancer Institute. Researchers are enrolling women diagnosed with breast-cancer who have finished treatment but are not engaged in a regular exercise program.

      {}{}The 12-week program encourages women to walk at a healthy pace, beginning with 20 minutes a day, three times a week and work toward the recommended 150 minutes a week.

      {}For more information you can call 205-975-1247 or email moveforward@uab.edu for more information.

      {}Study participants will have follow-up visits at three, six and 12 months. Participants will be compensated $50 for their initial assessment and after each of the three other evaluations. Women who are not assigned to receive the program will receive three free exercise sessions with a cancer exercise trainer at the end of the study.

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