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  • Posted: 06/25/2012
NCI Cancer Center News

UNC analysis finds exercise, even mild physical activity, may reduce breast cancer risk

A new analysis done by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers has found that physical activity--either mild or intense and before or after menopause--may reduce breast cancer risk, but substantial weight gain may negate these benefits. Published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings indicate that women can reduce their breast cancer risk by exercising and maintaining their weight. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is home to the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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