Being active can reduce your risk of breast cancer by around 20%.

It’s thought that physical activity lowers the level of certain circulating hormones and reduces inflammation. This can help lower the likelihood of cancer developing and progressing.

Being active keeps your weight under control. This significantly lowers your breast cancer risk if you are a woman who has reached menopause or are male.

The NHS and World Health Organisation suggest at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.  But the more you do, the better.

Being active isn’t necessarily about going to the gym for hours at a time.  Building activity into your daily life is the key. Short bursts count just the same as longer sessions.

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Key Facts: Physical activity and breast cancer

Read our short fact sheet about how being active can reduce your breast cancer risk.

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