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Cancer risk 'could be cut through exercise'

Women exercising

Recent research has revealed that women could reduce their chances of developing endometrial cancer by taking regular exercise.

Conducted by scientists at Yale School of Public Health, the study found that women who performed 2.5 hours or more of exercise that was of moderate to vigorous intensity reduced their risk of developing the cancer by 34 per cent when compared to their peers who did very little exercise.

The difference in risk was even greater between active women with a body mass index (BMI) of less than 25 and inactive women with a BMI of 25 or above.

Indeed, the thinner, more active females were 73 per cent less likely to develop the cancer.

Hannah Arem, doctoral student at the university and one of the paper's authors, commented: "These findings show the importance of physical activity in reducing risk of endometrial cancer."

She advised: "Public health programs should encourage physical activity for those who have the highest risk of endometrial cancer, including women who are overweight and obese."

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Cancer treatment news : 16 November 2010