A bit of exercise may go a long way in protecting you against breast cancer, Science Daily reports.

Researchers from the American Cancer Society analyzed the breast cancer risk and physical activity levels of 73, 615 menopausal women who were then taking part in the CPS-II Nutritional Cohort.

In the course of the 17-year study, 4,760 of the participants developed breast cancer. However, researchers also discovered that those who walked at a moderate pace of three miles an hour for seven hours a week lessened their likelihood of developing the disease by 14 percent. Women who walked and engaged in other physical activities enjoyed a 25 percent lower risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer.

To maximize the benefits of exercise, researchers recommend adult women to get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise a week.

(Photo by Beverly Goodwin via Flickr Creative Commons)

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