In Step with Breast Cancer Prevention

There’s some good news for every women who tries to make a daily practice of walking. And there’s even better news for women whose daily routines involve exercise that’s a little more strenuous. You may be cutting your risk of breast cancer with every purposeful step you take.

New research funded by the American Cancer Society, concluded that postmenopausal women who walk an hour a day reduce their breast cancer risk by as much as 14 percent. Women who exercise even more vigorously have even better odds of avoiding breast cancer.

These findings, researchers noted, were evident despite a woman’s weight, height and other lifestyle factors (such as a sedentary desk job that keeps them otherwise inactive.) And they noted that the workouts they were discussing didn’t necessarily involve super strenuous activities such as running marathons.

Researchers, who reported their findings recently in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, noted their conclusions were bound to be positive motivation for any women devoted to regular exercise. And of course, it’s another impetus for sedentary sorts to get moving.