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A US study involving over 74,000 women shows that it is never too late to start exercising. Exercise, even for those women starting well after menopause, can reduce the risk of breast cancer. Previous studies have shown that regular exercise can protect against the disease. But now, researchers have found an average 20 percent decrease in breast cancer risk among exercising women, no matter how late in life they began their routines. This is especially good news for older women because age itself is a risk factor for breast cancer. Possibly, the mechanism by which exercise helps to prevent breast cancer involves the reduction of fat levels in the body. Moderate exercise (such as walking, cycling, or swimming) five times a week had the greatest impact.