Physical Activity and Breast Cancer Prevention
Do you currently practice a daily or weekly exercise routine?
If so, do you set goals for yourself and measure your progress to ensure that you ultimately reach those goals?
What if you were told that being physically active on a weekly/daily basis has a strong potential to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer?
Would this proven fact motivate you to work harder to achieve your fitness goals or to take the initiative to begin setting goals for yourself if you have not done so yet?
It is a well-known fact that frequent physical exercise and maintaining a healthy body weight are highly beneficial to all aspects of a woman’s health. One of the most critical and fascinating benefits of leading an active lifestyle is that it has the potential to reduce the risk of developing cancers that are linked to excess body fat.
Did you know that breast cancer is one of the top 10 cancers that are proven to be associated with being overweight?
Regular exercise has been recognized as a critical component in the overall reduction of breast cancer risk due to its ability to contribute to maintaining a healthy weight, as well as regulating insulin and estrogen (the two major hormone levels that contribute to breast cancer risk and directly correlate with an increase in excess body fat). Further, being physically active significantly reduces inflammation markers and boosts the body’s immune system- which can help kill or slow the growth of cancer cells.
Extensive, clinical research studies conducted to determine the relationship between breast cancer risk and physical activity have revealed that both pre and post-menopausal woman who are physically active have a 20% reduced risk of developing breast cancer compared to women who lead a sedentary lifestyle.
The American Cancer Society recommends that women set a weekly goal of 150-300 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75-150 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise for optimal breast cancer risk reduction.