It is not news that exercise can dramatically reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, depression, and numerous other disorders. However, a study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention has found a connection between exercise and a decreased risk for breast cancer in postmenopausal women as well.
It is recommended that women get at least thirty minutes of moderate exercise a day. There is plenty of evidence that proves exercise can dramatically reduce the risk of many health issues and ailments. However, little has been said about the connection between exercise and warding off breast cancer. As people age, they have a tendency to stop exercising as frequently. When exercise stops, its protective benefits do as well.
4 Hours a Week of Exercise Lowers Cancer Risk
The study revealed that women who exercised at least four hours a week were 10% less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer. The percentage may seem small, but when compared to the amount of women who are diagnosed each year, 10% is a significant decrease. The benefits of exercise aren’t just limited to breast cancer prevention however; exercise seems to protect against cancer in almost all types. Although, it is not known for sure why, it is thought that regular exercise boosts the immune system making us less susceptible to cancer. Another theory is that people who exercise regularly lead healthier lifestyles, which may contribute to the cancer protection as well.
The study also showed that people who are already diagnosed with cancer can benefit considerably from exercise. The increased blood circulation that takes place with exercise helps with recovery; it reduces stress, and makes people feel better. In addition, exercise can help with the fatigue caused by radiation treatment.
It Doesn’t Have to Be Intense
Exercise does not have to be strenuous to be beneficial. A mild walk, or simple exercise for thirty minutes a day can be immensely beneficial for multiple reasons, including the prevention of breast cancer.