WOMEN can significantly reduce their risk of breast cancer by simply walking more.
A recent study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention followed 73,000 women over a 17 year period and found those who walked for at least 7 hours a week had a 14% lower risk of developing breast cancer.
“More strenuous and longer activities lowered the risk even more.”
The women completed questionnaires designed to monitor their levels of physical activity over the years. Those who were more active had lower risks, even if walking was the only form of recreational exercise they undertook, as it was for a massive 47% of the study group. Those who undertook at least an hours intense exercise everyday had a 25% lower risk. Less than 10% of the group did not exercise regularly at all.
Dr Alpa Patel, a senior epidemiologist at the American Cancer Society in Atlanta Georgia, who led the study, said: “Given that more than 60% of women report some daily walking, promoting walking as a healthy leisure-time activity could be an effective strategy for increasing physical activity amongst post-menopausal women.
“We were pleased to find that without any other recreational activity, just walking one hour a day was associated with a lower risk of breast cancer in these women.
Interestingly the benefits were not influenced by women’s weight nor hormonal status.