Many medical professionals provide recommendations on ways to prevent breast cancer.
A new cohort study by the American Association for Cancer Research offers more on reducing the risk of getting this disease.
A variety of factors contribute to lowering the risk; however, this latest study provides valuable information worth noting.
The findings of this study suggests that walking is associated with a reduced risk of contracting breast cancer for postmenopausal women.
Ways to prevent breast cancer
The American Cancer Society provides healthy habits of behavior that can help lower your risk of getting breast cancer. Unfortunately, some risk factors cannot be changed.
For instance, aging and genetics are risk factors you're unable to change. Your probability of developing breast cancer increases the older you get. Additionally, breast cancer is 100 times more common in women than in men.
However, limiting the amount of alcohol you consume helps in lowering your risk. In addition, maintaining a healthy weight is also suggested in reducing the possibility of getting this disease.
Limiting or avoiding hormone therapy is an added recommendation. At one time, women were advised to take hormones like progesterone and estrogen during menopause to reduce hot flashes, night sweats, and other symptoms. However, in 2002, researchers found that women who took these hormones became more likely to develop breast cancer.
Regular exercise is also advocated as one of the ways to prevent breast cancer. Moreover, the more you exercise, the greater your chances of lowering your risk of procuring this life-threatening malady.
The recent cohort study findings on breast cancer prevention
The research published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, explained how they studied 73,615 postmenopausal women and found that the women who involved themselves in vigorous physical activity for at least an hour a day had a 25 percent lowered risk of developing breast cancer. In addition, women who walked a minimum of seven hours a week reduced their risk by 14 percent.
Alpa Patel, senior epidemiologist at the American Cancer Society explains,
“We examined whether recreational physical activity, specifically walking, was associated with lower breast cancer risk. 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...”
According to the authors of this recent cohort study, this is the first report that found walking as one of the new ways to prevent breast cancer for postmenopausal women. The findings of this study and the recommendations of cancer researchers propose that higher levels of physical activity may offer greater benefits in breast cancer prevention. For more on this subject, visit the American Cancer Society’s website: American Cancer Society.
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