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Run, Don’t Walk, to Save the “Girls”

Feb. 7, 2014|634 views


Run, Don’t Walk, to Save the “Girls”

I really enjoy my morning jog when weather permits, this year the extreme cold has kept most people on their treadmills. I have to admit it’s difficult to keep up with my routine lately and if you are struggling like me you will defiantly want to keep reading…
Exercise helps protect against the risk of developing any number of serious diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Women who have survived breast cancer, for instance, can further reduce their risk of having a recurrence of the disease by engaging in regular physical activity. For years experts have been saying it doesn’t really matter what kind of activity you do, as long as you do something. Breast cancer survivors who get at least two and a half hours of “moderate intensity” exercise a week, for example, are expected to reduce their risk of dying from breast cancer by 25%.
But that may not be entirely accurate. While it’s certainly true that staying active is crucial for reducing your risk of disease, women who have already been diagnosed with breast cancer may want to consider taking up running, rather than just walking. A new study published in the International Journal of Cancer has concluded that breast cancer survivors can do even better at cutting the odds of recurrence and death from breast cancer. But they’ll have to work a little harder at it.
While walking reduces risk, running cuts risk even more. Dramatically so, in fact women who were runners, rather than walkers, enjoyed up to a 95% reduction in the risk of dying from breast cancer, when they ran about two and one-quarter miles a day, compared to walkers. The take-away message, according to researcher, Paul T. Williams, is that breast cancer survivors should consider not just meeting the guidelines mentioned above, but exceed them to gain the most protection.

Paul T. Williams. Significantly greater reduction in breast cancer mortality from post-diagnosis running than walking. International Journal of Cancer, 2014; DOI: 10.1002/ijc.28740

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