Every step resounds with the satisfying crunch of Breast Cancer being stomped into oblivion.
An analysis combining the results of 31 studies on physical activity and breast cancer found that the women who did the most activity had a 12% lower risk of developing breast cancer compared with the least active women [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23274845
]. The analysis also showed that the more activity a woman does, the more she can reduce her risk of breast cancer. For example, for every 2 hours a week a woman spends doing moderate to vigorous activity, the risk of breast cancer falls by 5%.
Research has also shown that being physically active after the menopause can reduce breast cancer risk by 10%, no matter what a woman's fitness, weight or waist circumference [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25114017
And it isn't just women in a physically active job, or those doing recreational exercise, who can see the benefits - heavier chores such as ironing, gardening and cleaning can help reduce the risk of breast cancer too. Research including the EPIC study, which includes over a quarter of a million European women, consistently shows that household activity can reduce a woman's risk of developing breast cancer. Housework reduced the risk of breast cancer by itself and in combination with leisure time activity like walking, cycling or playing sport. [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22903273
As with bowel cancer, physical activity probably reduces breast cancer risk by lowering levels of insulin, hormones and growth factors. [http://www.dietandcancerreport.org
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