Los Angeles, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 04/02/2014 -- Researchers at the International Prevention Research Institute in France recently revealed a new study showing that women who practiced a sport or engaged in physical activity for at least an hour per day reduced their risk of developing breast cancer by up to 12 percent.
The research was a culmination of information gathered from 37 separate studies published between 1987 and 2013. Over four million women were looked at during the studies, and all were looking at the relationship between physical activity and breast cancer.
Though results varied by tumor type, the overall message was encouraging and should be used as a general guideline in encouraging more activity for the entire female population.
In addition to protecting from breast cancer, other aggressive cancers have been staved off by continuing or engaging in regular physical activity. The best thing about this is that the results and mechanisms for the preventative input of activity is unrelated to BMI level. And it appears according to research that the benefit exists as soon as exercise begins, regardless of age or fitness level.
As physicians and health experts move toward a model of preventative care when treating cancers, obesity, and other illnesses, the benefits of exercise keep appearing on their radars. Physical activity is something that can be done anywhere, at any time, and there are numerous programs available to support those wishing to become more active. It is a low cost, effective way to reduce the risk of diseases that can add weight to the healthcare system and push medical costs higher as they occur in higher numbers.
Researchers remind that it doesn’t matter at what age the exercise begins, and that there is no specific type of activity that is “better” than another. Whether a person begins walking daily, takes up cycling, begins tending their garden more or explores dancing for fitness, engagement in physical activity can increase their resistance to breast and other types of aggressive cancers, as well as a whole host of other diseases.
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