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“Never assume that you will not be affected by breast cancer. It is always better to take steps to reduce your risk. And staying fit is just one of them.”
Some of us are genetically predisposed to certain illnesses than the others. But when it comes to breast cancer, every girl needs to take precautions to lower her risk. Even if nobody in your family is affected by breast cancer, you might not be completely safe. We all know that we need to check our breasts for lumps and abnormal discharge from the nipples. But one thing that can significantly lower your risk of developing breast cancer is exercise.
Relationship Between Fitness And Cancer
According to studies, there is an inverse relationship between fitness and cancer. The fitter we are, the more our body is able to ward off carcinogens (cancer-causing elements). And physical activity, along with a healthy body weight, contributes to maintaining fitness.[ref]Na, Hye‐Kyung, and Sergiy Oliynyk. “Effects of physical activity on cancer prevention.” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1229, no. 1 (2011): 176-183.[/ref]
We associate the idea of fitness with physical exercise –
Recent studies have revealed that aerobic fitness can modify the cell such that it cuts down the risk of breast cancer. In a study
We know that uncontrolled multiplication of cells results in the growth of a tumor. Cells in the body divide and grow in number based on the activity of the mTOR network (short for mammalian target of rapamycin). Physically unfit rats had a hyperactive mTOR network, which increased their risk of cancer.[ref]Thompson, Henry J., Lee W. Jones, Lauren G. Koch, Steven L. Britton, Elizabeth S. Neil, and John N. McGinley. “Inherent aerobic capacity-dependent differences in breast carcinogenesis.” Carcinogenesis 38, no. 9 (2017): 920-928.[/ref] Meanwhile,
What Can You Do To Prevent Cancer?
While it might not be possible to detect whether we are innately fit or not, exercise can definitely play a role in increasing your fitness. Here are a few simple things you can do to reduce your risk of breast cancer.
1. Reduce Your Weight
Studies observe that obesity is linked to cancer, and this correlation is higher in postmenopausal women. Get enough exercise, walk every day, and watch what you eat. You don’t need to opt for crazy crash diets to achieve weight loss – a balanced diet
Yes, a simple activity like walking daily can help prevent cancer. You don’t have to hit the gym every day or perform extremely intense exercises. According to the Women’s Health Initiative, you only need to brisk walk 1.25 to 2.5 hours every week to reduce your breast cancer risk by 18%. This equates to only 15 minutes of walking every day. Now, that’s not too much, is it?[ref]McTiernan, Anne, Charles Kooperberg, Emily White, Sara Wilcox, Ralph Coates, Lucile L. Adams-Campbell, Nancy Woods, and Judith Ockene. “Recreational physical activity and the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women: the Women’s Health Initiative Cohort Study.” Jama 290, no. 10 (2003): 1331-1336.[/ref]
3. Opt For Yoga
Never assume that you will not be affected by breast cancer. It is always better to take steps to reduce your risk. And staying fit is just one of them.