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Exercise Young, Reduce Your Risk of Cancer, Study Says

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  Exercising at a young age and keeping up with that can help reduce the risk of breast cancer.  Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis did a study of 65,000 nurses.   They found those who started hitting the gym when they were teenagers were 23% less likely to develop post-menopausal breast cancer.

The study finds that three hours a week of running, or 13 hours of walking, had the best results.  Starting to exercise around the age of 12 and keeping up with a physical routine throughout life has the most benefits.

Leo Craven, Club Manager at Life Quest Fitness in Kennewick, says it's easier to maintain healthy habits when you're older, if you start exercising and eating right when you're younger.
He says, "Exercise helps to detoxify us.   It helps to create stronger body overall, better functioning cells, and better immune system to fight off disease and infection."