Exercising Regularly Can Help Eliminate The Risk Of Developing 13 Forms Of Cancer

By Dipannita - 17 May '16 20:52PM
  • Regular Exercising Reduces Risks of Cancer
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Regular exercising can help reduce the risk of developing as many as 13 different forms of cancer, according to a new study. Some of these forms of cancer are potentially lethal to humans.

These are the findings of a study carried out by a team of researchers at the University of North Carolina. According to the researchers, working out or exercising for even a few hours in a week can significantly help cut the risk of the three most common forms of cancer in the United States - breast, lung and colon cancer.

The researchers based their conclusion on a study that involved more than 1.4 million adults. According to the study's lead author, Steven Moore of the U.S. National Cancer Institute, the cancer risk continues to decrease as an individual increases the number of hours out into physical work exercising, including gyming, walking, running, yoga and aerobics.

That is, the greater the physical activity, the more are the benefits. The researchers did find a link between physical activity and decrease in cancer risk, however, they did not establish a cause-and-effect relationship.

Overall, an increased physical activity has been linked to decreased risk of 13 forms of cancer, including cancer of the stomach, bladder, rectum, neck, head, liver, kidney and esophagus, in addition to leukemia and myeloma.

According to the researchers, the current federal guidelines on exercising, thus, not only helps with the heart health, but also helps prevent cancer. The current guidelines recommend 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity per week.

The U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion defines moderate-intensity workouts as a physical activity requiring less work, such as a brisk walk or a session of tennis. Vigorous physical activity, on the other hand, is something that requires more effort, such as swimming or jogging.

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