One more reason to get off the couch

Everyone knows there are benefits to exercising and being active, but recently science has shed some light on just how helpful exercise can be – especially when it comes to breast cancer. According to estimates from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), it’s estimated that 33,000 cases of breast cancer could be prevented each year in the United States by maintaining a healthy body weight.*

So how do you determine if your body weight is healthy? One method is to measure your body mass index (BMI). This is a comparison of your weight to height ratio. A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is generally considered healthy. Though this method is by no means perfect it can give women a general idea.

What’s the takeaway? Get out and be active. Whether it’s throwing on some workout gear and heading to the gym, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Every little bit helps. There’s no better time, and now there’s no better reason.

Learn more about breast health basics and proper techniques for self exam.

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* FOOTNOTE:Calculated from total estimated incidence, Cancer Facts and Figures 2009, ACSReference: AICR. New estimate: excess body fat alone causes over 100,000 cancers in US each year. Researchers present data linking obesity/overweight to higher cancer risk, poorer cancer survival. Available by clicking here.

Accessed November 9, 2009.

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