Fit over 50 Update — Exercise lowers risk for 7 types of cancer

In my and Phil Bishop’s book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write:

… half of the premature cancer deaths in the US could be attributed to lack of adherence to the five low-risk factors, including (1) not smoking, (2) maintaining a normal weight, (3) physical activity, (4) no or limited alcohol, and (5) a high-quality diet.

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Now recent research indicates that exercise may lower risk for seven cancer types.

NBC News reports research indicates “exercise is linked to a reduced risk of seven types of cancer, and the more physical activity the better.”

In the study, “participants reported their leisure-time physical activity, and were followed for a decade, on average, to see if they developed 15 different types of cancer.”

The research showed “meeting or exceeding the recommended guidelines goals was linked to a reduced risk of seven of those cancers.”

The findings were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

HealthDay reports the research was based on nine studies and over 750,000 people. Moderate or vigorous exercise may lower the risk of breast, colon, endometrial, kidney, liver, myeloma, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer, the study indicates.

For example, “the risk of colon cancer in men was reduced between 8% for moderate exercise and 14% for vigorous activity.” For endometrial cancer, moderate exercise reduced risk by 10%, while vigorous exercise was associated with an 18% decreased risk.

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