A new research has shown that doing housework, brisk walking and gardening can help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. The European Prospective Investigation Of Cancer (EPIC), co-funded by Cancer Research UK, studied the link between diet, lifestyle and cancer by examining 8,034 women who were diagnosed with breast cancer. The findings were published in the International Journal of Cancer.

The study showed that those who were the most physically active, doing 6 hours of housework per day, were 13% less likely to develop breast cancer compared with those who were physically inactive. The findings, although not ‘new’ news, has made what we already know about breast cancer and physical activity more solid.

Sara Hiom, director of information at Cancer Research UK, said: “Exercise can include anything that leaves you slightly out of breath like doing the gardening, walking the dog or housework.”

“Small changes in your daily routine can make all the difference, like taking the stairs instead of the lift or walking some of the way to work, school or the shops and add up over the course of a week,” she further said.

Professor Tim Key, co-author of the study and a Cancer Research UK epidemiologist based at the University of Oxford, said, “This large study further highlights the benefits of being active – even moderate amounts. There is also a lot of evidence that exercise reduces the risk of bowel cancer. More research is needed on other types of cancer, and to investigate the mechanisms which could explain the links.”

Have you done your 6 hours of housework, or other forms of exercise equivalent to it, today?

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