Research was carried out in the United States by Dr Anne McTiernan and colleagues from the Fred Hutchinson cancer Research Center in Seattle, and was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. They looked at the lifestyles of 74,000 women. Those women who exercised regularly reduced their risk of developing the cancer by 20%.
Dr McTiernan said that "We think that exercise works to lower cancer risk by lowering body fat, which in turn lowers the levels of circulating cancer-promoting hormones." This is why overweight women would not gain the same benefit. "So even if a woman is exercising, if she's overeating and her body fat stays high, she's not going to get the same cancer-fighting protection as a woman with less body fat." Therefore it is essential to eat healthily and stay within your weight limit to reduce your risk of developing disease.
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