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A new analysis has found that physical activity – either mild or intense and before or after menopause – may reduce breast cancer risk, but substantial weight gain may negate these benefits. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings indicate that women can reduce their breast cancer risk by exercising and maintaining their weight.
Dr Rachel Greig, Senior Policy Officer at Breakthrough Breast Cancer, says:
“We’ve known for some time that exercise reduces a woman’s risk of breast cancer and this study adds to our understanding of this. Physical activity doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym, but could be simply taking a walk or gardening. We encourage all women, regardless of their age, to get physically active to help reduce their breast cancer risk.”