Reduce Breast Cancer with Regular Exercise

Over one hundred studies support the fact that regular exercise decreases a postmenopausal woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. A recent French study followed some 59,000 women over a 12 year period. Reported in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention the report stated, “Those who reported walking for at least four hours a week or doing more vigorous exercise like cycling for at least two hours a week were least likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Female Jogger on Coleman Avunue in Morro Bay, CA 5-2-07 - Photo by Mike Baird Canon 20D 100-400mm IS lens handheld from an outrigger canoe.

A 2001 study showed that life-long exercisers had a 42% decrease in their chance of developing breast cancer in their life time. Women who began exercise after menopause were close, decreasing their incidence by 40%.

Françoise Clavel-Chapelon, coauthor of the French study said that the finding is likely not hormone-related because the results did not differ by type of breast cancer. He speculated that it had more to do with reduced inflammation, improved immune response and decreased body fat – all which result from regular exercise.  

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SOURCE: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, online August 11, 2014.