Free Breast Cancer and Exercise Booklet

Published 13 February 2013 By
Free Breast Cancer and Exercise Booklet

BCNA has launched a new Breast Cancer and Exercise booklet to provide women with reliable and comprehensive information about exercising after a breast cancer diagnosis.

The free information booklet, developed in consultation with breast cancer survivors, researchersand health professionals, was funded by the 2012 Bakers Delight Pink Bun Campaign.

The new resource provides women with information about how exercise may benefit them, as well as offering practical tips about keeping active from the experiences of other women.

BCNA CEO Maxine Morand, herself a breast cancer survivor, said it was important that women are supported through clinical information and first-hand advice from other women.

“Exercise is a really important part of staying well after a diagnosis of breast cancer. This booklet will provide reliable information about the recommended amount of physical activity, types of activities women can try and practical strategies from other women about how to keep active,” Maxine said.

Figures released by Cancer Australia last year showed one in four women with breast cancer are unaware of the benefits of regular physical activity after a diagnosis of breast cancer. 

Research suggests that lifestyle factors such as a moderate level of physical activity may reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence by 24% and the risk of death by more than one third when compared with inactive breast cancer survivors.

BCNA's Breast Cancer and Exercise booklet outlines information on the benefits of exercise, the amount of exercise recommended to women diagnosed with breast cancer and an exercise diary.

BCNA often hears from our members that while there is a lot of information and advice about exercise available for women, much of it is conflicting and confusing.

Maxine said many women can start exercising any time during or after treatment for breast cancer.

“In general, the earlier you start the better but it is never too late.  Low impact activity such as walking or bike riding is a great way to start,” Maxine said. 

Regular exercise during and following breast cancer treatment can help to improve physical and emotional wellbeing, including mood, sleep, and bone mineral density.  Exercise can also help manage some of the physical side effects of breast cancer treatment, such as fatigue and pain.

Research suggests that any amount of exercise is better than none, and more is generally better than less. It is recommended that women diagnosed with breast cancer try to undertake the same amount of exercise recommended for all Australian adults – at least 2 ½ hours of moderate intensity exercise per week (or 30 minutes five times a week).

Breast Cancer and Exercise booklet is free and can be ordered from BCNA by calling 1800 500 258 or downloaded from

The Breast Cancer and Exercise booklet covers:

  • The benefits of exercise
  • When it’s safe for women to start exercising
  • The amount and intensity of exercise that is recommended to women
  • Examples of exercises that women can try
  • Practical tips to keep women motivated, and overcome common hurdles like exercising in the cold
  • Writing exercises to help women identify why exercise is important to them, and set realistic goals to keep them motivated.
  • The facts about exercise and lymphoedema
  • Information and practical tips to help women maintain a healthy weight and healthy diet
  • A list of exercise programs that are available around the country
  • An exercise diary to help women keep track of their exercise

For media enquiries please contact:

Laura Crowden | BCNA Media Manager

(03) 9805 2576 | 0421 784 254 |

About Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA)

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is the peak national organisation for Australians personally affected by breast cancer, and consists of a network of more than 75,000 individual members and over 300 Member Groups.  BCNA informs, empowers, represents and links together women and families affected by breast cancer.  BCNA works to ensure that women diagnosed with breast cancer, and their families, receive the very best information, treatment, care and support possible. 

Visit to find out more about our programs and services, including the free My Journey Kit for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. 

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