Former Athletes Have a Lower Lifetime Occurrence of Breast Cancer and Cancers of the Reproductive System

  • Rose E. Frisch
  • Grace Wyshak
  • Nile L. Albright
  • Tenley E. Albright
  • Isaac Schiff
  • Jelia Witschi
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 322)


We have found that women who were athletes in college had a significantly lower prevalence (lifetime occurrence) rate of cancers of the reproductive system (uterus, ovary, cervix, and vagina) and breast cancer than did the non-athletes.1 In accord with these findings, the former athletes also have a significantly lower prevalence of benign tumors of these tissues.2


Breast Cancer Oral Contraceptive Reproductive System Menopausal Symptom Moderate Physical Activity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rose E. Frisch
    • 1
  • Grace Wyshak
    • 2
    • 3
  • Nile L. Albright
    • 4
  • Tenley E. Albright
    • 5
  • Isaac Schiff
    • 6
  • Jelia Witschi
    • 7
  1. 1.Center for Population Studies, and Department of Population SciencesHarvard School of Public HealthCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Center for Population Studies, and Department of BiostatisticsHarvard School of Public HealthBostonUSA
  3. 3.Department of MedicineHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  4. 4.Department of SurgeryNew England Deaconess HospitalBostonUSA
  5. 5.Department of SurgeryNew England Baptist HospitalBostonUSA
  6. 6.Department of GynecologyMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  7. 7.Department of NutritionHarvard School of Public HealthBostonUSA

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