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French Study Shows Exercise Appears to Lower Risk of Breast Cancer

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A new study shows moderate exercise my help reduce a woman's risk of breast cancer. A new study shows moderate exercise my help reduce a woman's risk of breast cancer.
Exercise... there are many reasons to do it.

Now, middle aged women may have one more reason:  it could lower your risk of breast cancer.

French researchers looked at nearly 60,000 women, comparing physical activity levels and whether they received a breast cancer diagnosis. Those who exercised regularly for the past four years had a 10% lower risk of breast cancer.

Even modest exercise, meaning three hours of biking or six hours of slow walking per week, seemed to provide a benefit.

But what about those who only -used- to exercise? Women who had been active only 5 to 9 years before menopause did NOT see these benefits.

Of course, this study can't tell us for sure that exercising causes breast cancer risk to go down. Perhaps women who exercise also do other things that protect them. But it does suggest that staying active may cut your risk.

So why not take matters into your own hands? It could literally be as easy as a walk in the park.

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