Exercise reduces a woman’s risk of breast cancer

The NPR “Shots” blog reports that research presented at the European Breast Cancer Conference suggests that “exercise reduces women’s risk of breast cancer,” regardless of “what kind of exercise they do, how old they are, how much they weigh, or when they get started.”

Investigators looked at data from “studies that involved more than 4 million women around the world who participated in prospective studies from 1987 to 2013.” The data indicated “that the more active a woman is, the better her odds of avoiding breast cancer.”

HealthDay reports that the data showed that “when compared with the women who got the least amount of physical activity,” the “most active” women “reduced their risk for breast cancer by 12 percent.”

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