The Correlation Between Physical Activity and Breast Cancer
Recent studies have shown that any physical activity, even just walking, can substantially reduce a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. Although it has been known for some time that exercise can reduce the risk of many types of cancer, the exact reason for the reduction of breast cancer risk has not been completely understood.
A study conducted by scientists at the University of Minnesota has provided some intriguing new information. It found that the ratio of estrogen and estrogen metabolites, those substances formed when estrogen is broken down by the body, changed when women increased their physical activity. This change in the ratio resulted in a lower risk of developing breast cancer.
Of course, exercise is not a sure-fire preventer of cancer. Some women who dutifully walked every day still developed cancer, and others who never exercised did not ever develop the disease. But scientists are encouraged that any form of activity, including walking, can help reduce the risk. Since walking is accessible to most people, is simple, and is free, researchers hope that this news will encourage more women to take a step to better health.
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