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Exercise 'cuts breast cancer risk'

26 March 2014 11:00

Women taking part in regular exercise can reduce their risk of suffering breast cancer, a study says

Women taking part in regular exercise can reduce their risk of suffering breast cancer, a study says

Regular exercise can help women reduce their chances of suffering breast cancer, according to latest research.

Researchers say active women can lower their risk of contracting the illness by up to 12%.

Women who undergo the highest rate of daily exercise could substantially reduce their risk, compared to the most lethargic women. But even moderate physical activity, such as gardening or a brisk walk, can help, Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity said.

These advantages of exercise were not however noticed in women undergoing hormone replacement therapy.

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The study authors analysed 37 cases of breast cancer involving more than four million women.

They discovered the protective effect of exercise applies to women, regardless of height, weight or age, who exercise for 60 minutes daily.

As the impact is independent of body mass index, the advantages must be due to more than just weight control, they said.

Dr Hannah Bridges, health information lead at Breakthrough Breast Cancer, called the results "exciting".

The study was presented to the European Breast Cancer Conference in Glasgow.

Professor Mathieu Boniol, research director at the International Prevention Research Institute in Lyon, said: "Adding breast cancer, including its aggressive types, to the list of diseases that can be prevented by physical activity should encourage the development of cities that foster sport.

"This is a low cost, simple strategy to reduce the risk of a disease that currently has a very high cost, both to healthcare systems and to patients and their families."