Komen organization to spend $1 million on exercise and breast cancer research
Feb 15, 2011
Following recent reports on the positive links between exercise and lowered breast cancer risks, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization is planning to give $1 million towards further research in the area.
The specific mechanisms through which exercise helps reduce breast cancer risks are not known, although 41 studies have shown a significant decrease - of about 30 to 40 percent - in breast cancer risks, between women who are highly active versus those who are least active, according to Komen News.
The exact link between exercise and breast cancer may be through lowering inflammation and insulin resistance, two cancer-promoting elements that are decreased through exercise.
The $1 million funding will go to the Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR), which seeks to look at early stage breast cancer tissue biomarkers to uncover further links between exercise and breast cancer.
According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), 30 to 60 minutes of moderate daily exercise can lower the risks of breast cancer. On February 4, the World Health Organization also celebrated World Cancer Day by stressing the importance of regular exercise.