It’s staggering to think that nearly half of all cancer deaths are preventable. Practicing healthy lifestyle habits and exercising regularly can go a long way toward ensuring you remain cancer-free. In fact, several studies have shown that physical activity can actually reduce the risk of developing certain cancers. Here are seven types of cancer that can be halted simply by exercising:
1. Gastric Cancer
A 2008 study showed that people who exercised at least moderately reduced their risk of developing gastric cancer by 50%. Another study also indicated that people who worked out at least three times per week throughout their lives were also 20-40% less likely to develop stomach cancer than those who exercised less than once per month.
2. Ovarian Cancer
Further research is still needed in this particular field, however, there’s some evidence suggesting a link between exercise and a reduced risk of epithelial cancer. A study published in Cancer Causes & Control showed that women who did high-intensity exercise were at a reduced risk of developing invasive ovarian cancer.
If you’re thinking of starting an exercise regimen, beginning at low intensity is recommended. Increase the intensity of your exercise gradually. The idea is to get a good cardiovascular workout that raises your pulse and makes you sweat.
3. Lung Cancer
Both current and former smokers appear to benefit from exercise – a University of Minnesota study, which followed over 36,000 cancer-free participants for 16 years, determined that those who exercised frequently were at a lower risk of lung cancer than those who only exercised sporadically.
Another study, which was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, found that the above is especially true for men and women with a low to medium body mass index.
4. Breast Cancer
Women with a family history of breast cancer can reduce the risk of developing it themselves by 25% when exercising for 20 minutes at least five times per week, according to a study published in Breast Cancer Research.
The Journal of Clinical Oncology also published the findings of a breast cancer study, which showed that postmenopausal woman that took up a moderate to vigorous intensity exercise program showed changes in their hormone and protein levels, which in turn meant that they were at a reduced risk of developing breast cancer.
5. Prostate Cancer
Men who exercise regularly are at a lower risk of developing or dying from advanced prostate cancer than men who don’t exercise at all, according to a study published in the International Journal of Cancer.
6. Colorectal Cancer
A study published in the British Medical Journal indicated that people who live a healthy lifestyle, inclusive of at least 30 minutes of daily exercise, lowered their risk of developing colorectal cancer.
Furthermore, Copenhagen’s Institute of Cancer Epidemiology found that 23% of colorectal cancers that developed during a study of over 55,000 men and woman aged between 50 and 64 were preventable.
7. Endometrial Cancer
Two-and-a-half hours’ worth of exercise each week was shown to reduce the risk of women developing endometrial cancer, which begins in the lining of the uterus, by 34%. Researchers from the Yale School of Public Health also found that women with a body mass index of less than 25 were at a 73% lower risk when compared to those that had a body mass index of 25 or over.
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