October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
New research published in the journal Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention shows that exercise such as walking may reduce the risk for cancer. Postmenopausal women who were active or walked for at least 7 hours a week had a reduced risk for breast cancer. From a cohort of 73,615 women, the researchers found that women who participated in vigorous physical activity every day had a 25% lower risk for breast cancer and women who walked for at least 7 hours a week had a 14% lower risk for breast cancer. Even without any other forms of exercise, women who walked had higher chances of keeping breast cancer at bay. Research has also shown that a brisk walk during the day can reduce the risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Other emerging research has shown that exercise may be as effective as medications in treating common diseases like heart disease and diabetes.
Federal experts recommend people exercise at a moderate intensity for about 2.5 hours a week. Fewer than half of all Americans meet that recommendation, and a third of Americans don’t get any exercise at all.