Women who sit too much may have higher breast cancer risk

Here's another reason sitting too much isn't good for you. Women who spend too much time sitting at work and outside the office may be at a higher risk of developing breast and endometrial cancer, concludes a study from Lund University in Sweden.

For the study, 29,000 Swedish women were monitored over 25 years. The women were cancer-free at the start of the study and between the ages of 25 and 64. The participants were divided into three groups: women working at a sedentary office job and who did not play sports, women working at a sedentary office job but who did play sports, and women who had more physically active jobs and played sports.

The results showed women who were neither active at work nor in their free time were 2.4 times more likely to be diagnosed with endometrial cancer, which is the inner lining of the uterus. They were also 2.4 times more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer pre-menopause compared to women who were active both at work and in their free time. However, no association was found between sedentary lifestyle and breast cancer post-menopause.

The findings support previous research that found associations between sedentary lifestyles and endometrial and breast cancer risk. It is suggested people take walking breaks, get up and stretch, or walk to work.

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