Exercise Reduces Breast Cancer Risk in African-American Women

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A new study by researchers at Boston University School of Public Health found that African-American women who partake in regular exercise may be able to reduce their risk of breast cancer. During the study, more than 44,000 black women were followed for 16 years. 

Results showed that African-American women who exercised vigorously for at least seven hours each week were 25 percent less likely to develop breast cancer then African-American women who did not exercise for at least an hour per week.

The study was the first of its kind to examine the links between exercise and African-American women. Lynn Rosenberg, who was the principal investigator for the study, told HealthDay that most studies have only considered the effects of physical exercise on breast cancer in white women. 

Exercises such as swimming, running, playing a sport and doing aerobics can help to decrease an African-American woman’s risk of developing breast cancer, Daily Digest reported. Although walking is considered a physical activity, the results of the study showed that walking at a normal pace will not decrease breast cancer risk, but walking at a brisk pace will be beneficial.

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