A study performed by researchers in France has revealed that consistent, regular exercise (i.e. physical activity) will reduce your risk of developing breast cancer in postmenopausal women. However, the catch is that if you stop exercising, then you will not have a reduced risk. This is why the study emphasizes “regular physical activity”.
The study was performed in Villejuif, France, where 59,000 postmenopausal women were tracked for an average overall time of 8 and a half years. In this time frame, 2,100 of these women were diagnosed with breast cancer. Women who had performed regular exercise – which for many women included about 4 hours of walking or bicycling per week – were 10% less likely to develop the disease.
A Few Facts on Breast Cancer
10% may seem like a small number at first, but after browsing through these stats, you may begin to believe otherwise.
• Breast cancer* is one of the leading causes of cancer in women – it ranks in at #2, behind lung cancer. However, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
• Roughly 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
• Breast cancer not only affects women, but men too.
• An estimated 220,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year.
• Aging increases a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.
Exercise Works Wonders
The results should not be surprising as exercise has long been studied and linked to reductions in not just developing beast cancer but a host of other ailments. Exercise should be included somewhere in your routine and it doesn’t even have to be daily.
The study mentioned that “regular physical activity” meant 4 hours per week. If you break that down into minutes per day spent exercising, you will come up with around 34 minutes per day. That’s right – only 34 minutes. There are plenty of various exercises that can be performed in 34 minutes.
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*Facts sourced from http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-facts