Young Girls Breast Cancer Risk, An Ounce of Prevention…

Posted on May 14, 2008. Filed under: Fitness, health | Tags: , , |

“Mothers, here’s another reason to encourage your daughters to be physically active: Girls and young women who exercise regularly between the ages of 12 and 35 have a substantially lower risk of breast cancer before menopause compared to those who are less active, new research shows.

In the largest and most detailed analysis to date of the effects of exercise on premenopausal breast cancer, the study of nearly 65,000 women found that those who were physically active had a 23 percent lower risk of breast cancer before menopause. In particular, high levels of physical activity from ages 12 to 22 contributed most strongly to the lower breast cancer risk.

The study, by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Harvard University in Boston, will be available online May 13 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

“We don’t have a lot of prevention strategies for premenopausal breast cancer, but our findings clearly show that physical activity during adolescence and young adulthood can pay off in the long run by reducing a woman’s risk of early breast cancer,” says lead investigator Graham Colditz, M.D., Dr.P.H., the Niess-Gain Professor and associate director of Prevention and Control at the Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. “This is just one more reason to encourage young girls and women to exercise regularly.”” (Physorg.com)

Exercise it seems is a key to prevention of many things, including now breast cancer, I know I will be letting me girls know for the sake of their children to keep their children, boys and girls active for their health, wellbeing and happiness. How important is this information in an age when kids, especially teens are spending so much time in front of a computer or ‘talking’ via text message, rather than out getting active with their friends? I know most fitness centres welcome teens and will design a program just for growing bodies, this is one way to keep your girls healthy and fit.

Girls! go out and get active and learn to have fun and stay healthy all at the same time!

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