A new study clarifies some of the questions surrounding the benefits of exercise for breast cancer risk reduction. According to the study investigators, their study is one of the first prospective studies to examine the effect that various intensities of exercise has on breast cancer risk.
In their study, the investigators surveyed nearly 119,000 postmenopausal women about their exercise habits during four periods of life: 15 - 18, 19 - 29, and 35 - 39 years of age and during the past 10 years. The results of this study showed that exercising at a moderate to vigorous intensity for more than 7 hours per week during the past 10 years reduces breast cancer risk by 16%, while light intensity exercise was not associated with a reduction in breast cancer risk. The full paper can be read HERE.
With October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, now would be an ideal time to start exercising. To learn more about reducing breast cancer risk, read my new book "Fight Now: Eat & Live Proactively Against Breast Cancer" at www.fightBCnow.com.