Moderate Exercise Can Cut Risk of Breast Cancer
Thursday, March 23rd 2006
Brisk walking for just an hour or two weekly can help older women reduce their risk of breast cancer by nearly 20 per cent, even if they have used hormone pills for symptoms of menopause, a US study has found.
The findings are based on data from a landmark study that linked hormone use to breast cancer, heart attacks and strokes. They suggest that exercise may help counteract - but not cancel out - the slightly increased risk of breast cancer faced by long-time hormone users, said lead researcher Dr Ann McTiernan of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle.
The study also adds to the growing evidence that says exercise for women need not be super strenuous for them to reap substantial health benefits, even if begun relatively late in life.
"We thought it important to determine if moderate - intensity physical activities, such as walking, biking out doors or easy swimming, when initiated later in life, can reduce the risk of breast cancer since these types of activities are achievable for most women," she said.
The researchers analysed data on 74,171 women aged 50 to 79.
Women who said they engaged in about 1.25 to 2.50 hours of moderate exercise weekly had an 18 per cent lower risk of breast cancer than inactive women.
A separate study found that moderate exercise combined with dieting is about as effective as intense exercise in helping younger women lose weight and improve cardiovascular fitness.
Sourced from New Zealand Herald, 11 September 2003
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