Exercise "can cut breast cancer risk" of postmenopausal women

Women who take part in exercise after the menopause can help to reduce their risk of breast cancer, according to a recent French study.1

The study examined a group of nearly 60,000 postmenopausal women between the period of 1993 and 2005. Women were asked about their health and exercise levels through questionnaires three times over the 12-year period, while researchers also used pathology reports for more information.

The research asked women how often they walked, cycled and took part in other sports, with the average follow-up time being around eight and a half years. Nearly three quarters of the test group (73%) had a healthy BMI level between 18.5 and 25.

The research found that women who exercised regularly could reduce their risk of breast cancer by as much as 10%. However, it found it was important to keep the exercise up as women who exercised five to nine years previously and then stopped had an increased breast cancer risk of 16%.

Lack of exercise and being overweight have been linked to the development of several cancers including breast, bowel and womb cancer so keeping active and in shape is a really effective way of reducing your cancer risk.


American Association for Cancer Research (via EurekaAlert). Postmenopausal breast cancer risk decreases rapidly after starting reg. physical activity . Published August 11 2014


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