Older women intent on keeping breast cancer at bay may want to start and maintain a regular exercise regimen, a new study shows. The researchers found that regular physical activity cuts the odds of breast cancer in postmenopausal women, but that protection disappears if women stop exercising.

One expert wasn’t surprised by the findings. “As a breast surgeon, one of my roles is to discuss prevention strategies for women,” said Dr. Alison Estabrook, chief of the division of breast surgery at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt hospitals in New York City.

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