Women's Health

Exercise and Breast Cancer in Women

More benefits of exercise

Exercise can apparently lessen the rate of cancer cell growth and even help prevent its recurrence. And remarkably, it also lowers breast cancer risks for women.

It seems that a hormone, released even during short periods of mild to strenuous exercise, works in our favor.

That chemical is epinephrine (also known as adrenalin.) It is produced by the adrenal glands which perch atop our kidneys.

Epinephrine is often referred to as the “fight or flight” hormone. It plays a major role when we’re under physical or emotional stress.

In response to stress, the body sends a message to the brain to produce epinephrine. This hormone raises our heart rate to send off oxygenated blood to our muscles and brain to “pump us up” for whatever action is necessary.