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Regular Exercise Linked to Reduced Risk of Several Cancers



Just in time for 2020 resolutions comes a research finding that may help with your motivation to get moving in the new year: regular exercise appears to reduce the risk of developing several types of cancer.

Moreover, there is a suggestion that there may a dose-response relationship. A dose response relationship in this case means that the more one exercises then the lower the risk of contracting the cancer types studied.

“Physical activity guidelines have largely been based on their impact on chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease and diabetes,” said study coauthor Alpa Patel, PhD, senior scientific director of epidemiology research at the American Cancer Society. The study was published online December 26 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

“The data provides strong support that these recommended levels are important to cancer prevention, as well,” she said in a statement.

The findings come from a large meta-analysis of nine prospective cohorts with a total of 755,459 individuals. Basically, this means that they’ve looked at enough subjects to make their assertions scientifically credible.

Individuals who engaged in moderate-intensity activity for 2.5 to 5 hours per week had a significantly lower risk of several cancers, including breast, colon (men only), endometrial, kidney, myeloma, and liver cancer, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (women only).

So make regular exercise and fitness a part of your day to day life in this new year. It may just save your life!

Find the link to the full published article below: https://ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/JCO.19.02407

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