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Exercise Lowers Risk for Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer for women, with about 182,000 cases each year and over 40,000 deaths annually. A new study suggests it may be possible to prevent up to half of these deaths.

Researchers found women who exercised enough to reach "moderate fitness" had one third (33 percent) fewer breast cancer deaths compared to low-fit women. Highly fit women had 55 percent fewer breast cancer deaths compared to low-fit women. Those who had below-average fitness levels were three times more likely to die from breast cancer compared to women with peak aerobic capacity.

The researchers pointed out most women can reach moderate to high-fitness categories by getting moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, for 30 minutes or more, five days a week or vigorously exercising for 20-30 plus minutes, most days of the week.

The American Cancer Society encourages women to exercise briskly for at least an hour daily for best results in preventing cancer.

The only side effect from using this kind of medicine is that you will probably look better, feel better and live longer!

An Outgoing Personality Could Help You Live to Be 100

Researchers recently studied the children of people who lived to age 100 or more to see if they could find a common personality trait. These offspring were well on their way to old age themselves. They were all around age 75 and had 60 percent less heart disease, stroke and diabetes than their contemporaries.

Both male and female offspring of centenarians were more extroverted than the societal norm and also knew how to manage stress well. They were social and actively involved with life, and they had established and maintained supportive life-long friendships.

If you're naturally introverted, don't worry. The researchers noted the key seems to be staying positive and remaining open to new experiences.

July 01, 2009 / Health