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Exercise in Young Girls Protects Against Breast Cancer

Start 'Em Young, Protect 'Em Against Breast Cancer

We all know that exercise helps protect grown women against breast cancer, but according to CNN, new research has found that exercise during the teen years – starting as young as age 12 – can help protect girls from breast cancer when they are grown.

The best results, they say, are when the girl does regular exercise from ages 12 to 22 because it lowers her estrogen levels overall. What's more? Exercising early can also help reduce a girl's risk of obesity and increase her self esteem. If you're already over 22 and have been sedentary most of your life, don't worry: Starting exercise at any point helps your overall health significantly.


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terryt18 terryt18 9 years
I'm overweight now, and my little niece is getting chubby. I was chubby from 3rd grade on; she's in second now. I've recently begun an exercise regimen, and I want to include her for sure. My whole family is overweight. It's really hard to make life-changing choices.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I was a really inactive teenager, too. I was active up until I was about 12 or 13, then I turned into a major bookworm and stopped exercising. I'll definitely encourage my kids to be active as teenagers...just one more reason of many.
kia kia 9 years
I was a total jock from ten years old and onward. I'll keep my fingers crossed that I have a little extra protection.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
I was a lazy teenager...not anymore tough. Oh well
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
Until this year, I think I was most active from childhood through age like 17. Then I slacked off for a couple year and now I'm back at it! Wish I would've stuck with it!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
See another reason why it's great to get your kids active!
fatfighter fatfighter 9 years
I saw the study - and it's a decent amount of protection, too. Researchers found women who exercised when they were younger were 23 percent less likely to develop breast cancer than women who were sedentary growing up. Women at the lowest risk for breast cancer ran or did some other vigorous activity for 3 hours and 15 minutes a week… or walked 13 hours a week - I say it's definitely worth it if it can make that big of a difference in preventing the disease!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Nice! My parents always made sure we were active :)
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