Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in American women, second only to lung cancer. All women are at risk of getting breast cancer, and as you get older your risk increases. The risk of getting breast cancer over your lifetime is 14%, or 1 in 7. The statisics are scary.
But There is One Simple Thing You Can Do to Lower Your Risk – Get Physical
A recent study of more than 15,000 women showed that six hours of strenuous activity each week could reduce the risk of invasive breast cancer by as much as 23%. The study surveyed women between the ages of 20 and 69 living in New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts. Of the 15,000 surveyed, 8,000 did not have breast cancer, 6,000 were survivors of invasive breast cancer, and 1,500 were non-invasive breast cancer survivors.
The results showed a reduction in risk for women who exercised, whether the physical activity took place early in life, or later in their postmenopausal years.
Source; Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention
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