Want to reduce your risk of getting breast cancer? Just walk away from it.
I am Dr. Caroline Cederquist, with Get The Skinny on Your Health.
A study of 74,000 women aged 50 to 79 showed that women who walk one-and-a-quarter hours to two-and-a-half hours per week had an 18 percent lower risk of breast cancer than inactive women.
This was the same extensive study that showed that women who took hormones had greater risk of cancer and heart disease. Thousands dropped their hormone replacement therapy flat, even though there are good medical arguments against abruptly quitting hormones. Women were willing to confront those risks in order to reduce their cancer risk.
There are so many cancer risks we have little or no control over, but here's something we can easily understand and take charge of.
An 18 percent reduced cancer risk and virtually no downside. That's as easy as, well, a walk in the park.