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Older women who walk for just an hour a day could prevent cancer, says new research.
While it is well known that people who maintain an active lifestyle are lees likely to develop cancer and other life threatening diseases, this study was the first to look at the benefits of moderate exercise alone. Researchers at the American Cancer Society in Atlanta looked at data from 70,000 post-menopausal women aged from 50-74, half of whom reported walking as their only daily exercise. Within the group, those that walked for 7 hours a week were 14% less likely to have been diagnosed with cancer than those who walked for 3 hours or less. Women who were even more active – doing an hour of vigorous exercise a day on average – were at an even lower risk of developing cancer, by a whopping 25%.