New studies are showing that physical activity is associated with the lower risk of 13 types of cancer, the most common being breast, colon, and lung cancer. Meeting the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity, is seen to lower the risk of these cancers. The more exercise that is done, the lower the risk of cancer. In this study, the outcome was not affected by any diet, but rather, just the effects of exercise on adults ranging from 19 t0 98.
The most significant findings were for esophageal cancer, where the risk was lowered by 42%. Breast cancer was found to be lowered by 10%, colon cancer 16%, and 26% for lung cancer. Two cancers were found more common in this study, melanoma and prostrate cancer. The belief is because people who are physically active are checked more often, and more often out in the sun. Although it isn’t certain how physical activity can help prevent certain cancers, exercise might cause beneficial changes in hormone levels, inflammation levels, digestion, and overall energy balance.
Eating a healthy diet of plant based foods, fruits and vegetables is the perfect combination with exercise to help combat cancer!
Information provided by Tufts Univ. 9/2016