Research released by Cancer Research UK suggests that an active lifestyle, such as doing housework, brisk walking and gardening, can lower breast cancer risk by up to 13%. Commenting on the research, Clinical Director at Breast Cancer Care Dr Emma Pennery said:
After an inspirational summer of sport, this study is a timely reinforcement of the importance of leading an active life to help reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.
‘It’s great to recognise that being active doesn’t have to mean running a marathon or climbing a mountain: regular exercise as part of everyday life is just as beneficial.
‘Being active can also help to maintain a healthy weight, which can also reduce your risk of breast cancer, particularly after the menopause. And, of course, avoiding a sedentary lifestyle has a whole range of other health benefits too.
‘It is important to keep breast cancer risk in perspective- being female and getting older remain the most significant risks for developing breast cancer.’
For more information on the risk of developing breast cancer and the benefits of exercise, visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk.