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Breast cancer

09 May 2013

How exercise lowers breast cancer risk

Scientists identify changes in oestrogen metabolism as key factor in how exercise may lower breast cancer risk.

Exercise appears to change the way women's bodies metabolise the hormone oestrogen, and this could help explain how aerobic activity reduces a woman's breast cancer risk, a new study suggests.

"Ours is the first study to show that aerobic exercise influences the way our bodies break down estrogens to produce more of the 'good' metabolites that lower breast cancer risk," she said.

How the study was done

The US National Cancer Institute has more about breast cancer prevention.

 

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Dr Gudgeon qualified in Birmingham, England, in 1968. She has more than 40 years experience in oncology, and in 1994 she founded her practice, Cape Breast Care, where she treats benign and malignant breast cancers. Dr Boeddinghaus obtained her qualification at UCT Medical School in 1994 and her MRCP in London in 1998. She has worked extensively in the field of oncology and has a special interest in the hormonal management of breast cancer. She now works with Dr Gudgeon at Cape Breast Care. Read more.

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