(LONDON) — Walking isn’t the most strenuous exercise one can do but that doesn’t matter as long as it provides a life-saving benefit.
According to French researcher Agnès Fournier, women who reach the postmenopausal stage of their lives can reduce their risk of developing invasive breast cancer by ten percent if they walk four hours or more weekly.
In a report for the World Cancer Research Fund, Fournier and her team investigated the lifestyle habits of 59,000 older women over a 12-year span with follow-ups every two years.
Fournier said that the outcome was consistent with previous research that there’s a reduced cancer risk among women following menopause so long as they were involved in regular physical activity such as walking at least 30 minutes a day.
The study cautioned women that it was important to sustain a routine of walking because those women who stop it don’t experience the same decreased risk for invasive breast cancer.
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Jennifer Graham, Deseret News
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