If you are a woman over 50 , concerned about your risk for breast cancer… go for a walk. A long one.
A new study from the American Cancer Society suggests that post menopausal woman can reduce the risk of breast cancer by walking regularly. Researchers found that in the absence of other vigorous physical activity, walking an hour a day cut the risk of developing the disease. More specifically, those who walked at a leisurely pace of 2.9 miles per hour for an hour a day reduced their breast cancer risk by 14% and those that picked up the pace to 4.5 miles per hour for 1 hour a day reduced the risk by 25%. Continue reading “Reduce Breast Cancer Risk By Walking!”
A study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association last month, based on data collected for the ongoing federal Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), has found that women taking estrogen and progesterin had an increased risk of breast cancer. The women who experienced the greatest increase in risk were those who had a previous history of hormone therapy and resumed taking it as part of the WHI study. According to one of the authors, JoAnn E. Manson, “There was an 85 percent increase in breast cancer among the women who had used hormone therapy in the past.” This finding echoes results of other studies, that a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer increases the longer she takes the combination of estrogen and progesterin. Manson says it is not yet clear whether risk increases even more for women who stop taking HT and then resume it, compared with those who never take a break.
If you have any questions about hormone replacement therapy, Village Green has pharmacists who may be able to help you with some answers regarding this controversial therapy.