BRCA1/2 carriers may benefit from physical activity to reduce breast cancer risks, just like women in the general population! We know that women in the general population benefit from physical activity to reduce their breast cancer risk, but a recent study showed that this benefit also extends to those with a BRCA1/2 mutation and those with a family history of breast cancer.
This study showed that breast cancer risk could be lowered by 20% for those with the highest physical activity levels. This risk reduction was equally seen among women in the general population, those with familial risk (family history of breast cancer), and those with a BRCA1/2 mutation.
Physical activity does not have to be painful and boring, there are many fun ways you can stay active such as walking in your favorite park, attending your favorite yoga class, chasing after your grandchildren, and walking a race for a good cause with your friends and family!
These findings were recently published in Cancer Research (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31578201)