(Washington D.C., Tuesday, September 24, 2019) – A new study finds that exercise could directly fight breast cancer. The research, funded by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), offers insights into explaining the strong evidence linking exercise to preventing and slowing breast tumor growth.

AICR’s recent report analyzing the global research concluded that exercise protects against postmenopausal breast cancer, along with cancers of the colon and endometrium. Research also points to many health benefits of exercise after a breast cancer diagnosis, including lower mortality from cancer. Yet the mechanisms behind this connection are poorly understood.

This is the first study to show the direct effects of exercise in the tissue of interest. Along with AICR, the Clinical Cancer Research study was supported by grants from the Susan G. Komen Foundation in collaboration with the Society for Women’s Health Research.

The American Institute for Cancer Research champions the latest and most authoritative scientific research from around the world on cancer prevention and survival through diet, weight and physical activity, so that people can make informed lifestyle choices to reduce their cancer risk.

AICR has contributed over $108 million for innovative research conducted at universities, hospitals and research centers across the country. Find evidence-based tools and information for lowering cancer risk, including AICR’s Cancer Prevention Recommendations, at www.aicr.org.

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