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Lower Cancer Risk By Getting Physical

With an estimated 1.7 million Americans likely to face a positive diagnosis of cancer in the coming year, preventing this disease in all its many forms is a strong concern across the country. While each type of cancer may have unique risk factors and recommended preventative measures, physical activity can play a big role in lowering risks for a variety of cancers – 13 different types to be exact.

To better understand the benefits of physical activity in lowering cancer risk, researchers from the National Cancer Institute recently delved into the topic. They found that people who are more physically active tend to present with much lower risk for certain forms of cancer than their counterparts that lead sedentary lifestyles.

To arrive at their findings, researchers looked at records related to more than 1.4 million people between the ages of 19 and 98. Patients included in the data analysis came from all over the United States and Europe. The numbers showed that people who are at least moderately physical on a weekly basis had a 20 percent lower risk of developing such cancers as liver, kidney, gastric and esophageal, among others. Those who were even more active saw their risks for other cancers drop, as well.

Physical activity can play a strong role in reducing cancer risk for several reasons, researchers say. Those reasons include a reduction in inflammation, hormone balancing and insulin metabolism, among others.  The bottom line is that those who are physical on a routine basis promote better overall health. In addition, they tend to avoid obesity and its cancer-causing complications, among other perks.

People who want to take a stand against cancer may find getting active goes a long way. To find out more about physical activity and its benefits, it’s recommended people talk with their healthcare providers before starting a fitness routine.

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