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Can exercise reduce the risk of prostate and breast cancer?

Regular exercise reduces breast cancer risk by 37%. Regular exercise was associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer for 5,624 women, aged 20 to 54 years, who were studied for 13.7 years. Compared to women who didn’t exercise, subjects who engaged in “greater leisure-time activity,” lowered their chances of getting breast cancer by more than one-third.

Another study found that exercise reduces postmenopausal breast cancer risk by 29%. As with the study above, regular exercise significantly impacted cancer risk. This study was significant since it concerned 72,608 postmenopausal women, who, over five years, showed a dramatic reduction in breast cancer risk due to physical exercise.

Additional research showed that brisk walking reduces breast cancer risk by 18%. A total of 74,171 women ages 50 to 79 years enjoyed a reduced risk of breast cancer simply by brisk walking from 1 hour and 15 minutes to 2 1/2 hours per week. The study lasted 4.7 years.

Finally, a study shows that women who exercise vigorously more than five times a week have a 38% lower risk of breast cancer than women who do not exercise. This 12-year study of 90,508 women, 3,424 with breast cancer, found that five hours of vigorous exercise per week produced great benefits in prevention and survival of breast cancer.

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