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Study links daily walk with decreased risk of breast cancer

Women who walked at least seven hours per day had a 14% lower risk of developing the disease

 
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Women who reported walking at least seven hours a week had a 14% lower risk of breast cancer
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Women who reported walking at least seven hours a week had a 14% lower risk of breast cancer

For the first time, a survey can relate the activity of walking with decreased risk of breast cancer. According to the survey, members of the study who walked at least 7 hours per week had rates more significant decrease in the disease.

To the survey followed 73,000 women aged 50 to 74 through the American Cancer Society, between 1992 and 1993.

All participants were encouraged to fill out questionnaires about time they practiced activities such as walking, swimming and aerobics and how much time they spent sitting watching television or reading.

They completed the same questionnaires at intervals of two years between 1997 and 2009. Among women, 47% said that walking was the only recreational activity.

The results showed that women who reported walking at least seven hours a week had a 14% lower risk of breast cancer compared with those who walked three or fewer hours per week.

According to study leader, Alpa Patel, American Cancer Society, "taking into account that more than 60% of women report daily walks, to promote this type of activity as a healthy form of recreation can be an effective strategy to increase physical activity among postmenopausal women.

"For us it was important to find that just walking an hour without any other recreational activity, it was enough to decrease the risk of cancer in these women, said Patel. He also said that the groups who practiced physical activities heavier reached further reduction in the risk of developing the disease. "

Baroness Delyth Morgan, director of the campaign against breast cancer in the UK, said the study shows, once again, that lifestyle choices can play a definite role in increasing or decreasing the risk of breast cancer. Even small changes incorporated to our normal activity can make a difference.

We know that the best weapon to beat breast cancer is the ability to prevent it from occurring in the first place. The challenge now is how to turn these findings into action and identify other changes sustainable lifestyle that will help us prevent disease, "complete.

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