Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, MPH and Susan Domchek, MD, lead study on the power of exercise to prevent breast cancer

April 2, 2009

Penn Medicine News Release

Penn Study Examines Power of Exercise to Prevent Breast Cancer

Women With Family History May Cut Their Risk Through Regular Workouts

PHILADELPHIA - A new federally funded University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine study aims to learn whether women at high risk of breast cancer can use exercise to meaningfully reduce their risk of getting the disease. Building on evidence that reducing estrogen in the body reduces cancer risk, and that elite female athletes experience a drop in estrogen levels that often cause them to stop ovulating and menstruating, the WISER Sister trial will investigate two different levels of regular treadmill exercise as a possible intervention for breast cancer risk reduction... Read More

Women interested in more information about the trial can visit the WISER Sister website at http://bmic.upenn.edu/wiser or email wiser@mail.med.upenn.edu