A new study reported at the ninth European Breast Cancer Conference concluded that practicing sport for more than an hour daily reduces the risk of breast cancer of women at any age, weight or geographical location. When compared to women with the least physical activity they lowered their risk by 12%. These results were based upon a mega analysis of 37 studies published between 1987 and 2013 and including over 4 million women. Although results varied by tumor type the overall rates by amount of physical activity were encouraging. In women on hormone replacement (HRT) the protective effects of physical activity did not show up but increasing awareness of the side effects of this intervention means increasing numbers of women using HRT will decrease and probably influence future statistics on the relationship.
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