Exercise and Breast Cancer

As I talked about in Part 1: Healthy Breast Tip: Exercise!- 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 3-5x/week may lower your risk of breast cancer as much as 50%.

Here’s Part 2 of the 8 major ways exercise can lower your chances of breast cancer

5) Aerobic exercise keeps your body fat down.  Research shows that obesity causes about 30% of all post-menopausal breast cancers.  After menopause your fat cells are the primary site for estrogen production in your body.  The more fat cells you have the more estrogen your body will produce.

6) Exercise lowers depression.  According to research at the University of Pennsylvania, women who are depressed have a 400% higher incidence of breast cancer.

7) It relieves stress.  Stress has been linked to 90% of all illnesses according to the Institute of Health.  Women who have more stress have a higher chance of developing breast cancer

8) Regular exercise has been found to lower IGF-1.  This is an insulin-like growth factor and is the most powerful stimulator of breast cancer known.  This growth factor is often found injected into cows.  Be careful what dairy products you consume.  Make sure they are organic and hormone free products like those at Beyond Organic (you can investigate and order here luvorganicfoods.com )


Make yourself a priority and set aside time to exercise at least 5 days a week.  Exercising helps in every aspect of your life!

You’re in control.  Love your body & treat it well.

Be Well,

Tammy Kohlschmidt RDH, CCT, CBP


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