If you were told that walking, or biking, just 4 hours per week could help to prevent breast cancer would you lace up your sneakers? Well, for older women, that is just what this study is saying.
Published in the August 11 edition of the Journal of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, the study looked at women who in the previous four years had done regular exercise equivalent to at least four hours of walking or cycling per week. The findings showed that these women were 10 percent less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than those who did less exercise. Also noteworthy in the study is that the benefits of exercising did not linger – if the woman discontinued regular exercise the protection ceased.
The takeaway for women is this – if you are postmenopausal and exercise regularly, continue. If you are not exercising it is never too late to begin. The good news is that the breast cancer-reducing impact of regular exercise was not dependant on weight, body fat, waist circumference or previous exercise levels.
It is important to be examined by your doctor at The Woman’s Clinic every year and, if you find something suspicious, call for an appointment right away. You can learn more about Breast Health here on our site. If you would like to schedule an exam, and are a current patient, please use the portal. If you would like to become a patient please use this form to request an appointment.