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Walking ‘can reduce a person’s risk of breast cancer’

4th October 2013

Older women can reduce their risk of suffering from breast cancer by making sure they take regular walks, according to a new US study.

Research published in the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention journal has shown that women who engage in at least an hour of vigorous physical activity every day have a 25 percent lower risk for breast cancer.

Meanwhile, those who walked for at least seven hours a week had a 14 percent lower risk for breast cancer, according to the conclusions of the analysis of more than 73,500 postmenopausal women.

After making adjustments to the data, the researchers determined that the observed benefits of physical activity and walking were not influenced by body type or hormonal status.

Dr Alpa Patel, senior epidemiologist at the American Cancer Society, said: "Given that more than 60 percent of women report some daily walking, promoting walking as a healthy leisure-time activity could be an effective strategy for increasing physical activity among postmenopausal women."

Breast cancer is the most common cancer type in the UK, with about 48,000 women contracting the disease in Britain each year.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801646002-ADNFCR

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