We all know the risk of sitting for long periods of time; Regular exercise may help prevent seven different types of cancer, according to a new study. In a recent paper published in the Journal of Oncology, 755,459 individuals between the ages of 32 and 91 were studied in nine cohort studies and follow-up. Studies have shown that individuals who meet the recommended physical activity criteria have significantly reduced the prevalence of colon cancer, breast cancer, kidney cancer, myeloma, liver cancer, endometrial cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
In the follow-up study, exercise did not generally reduce the incidence of all cancers, and had little effect on the other eight types of cancer. Still, exercise is good, with people who exercise regularly having a 10 percent lower risk of breast cancer and a 27 percent lower risk of liver cancer.
It is also important to note that this study cannot conclude that exercise itself is the cause of a decrease in the incidence of certain cancers. Of course, exercise-related improvements to human health may reduce cancer.