Active Lifestyle Helps Decrease Risk Of Colon Cancer

Active Lifestyle and Colon Cancer Risk

There are many research articles that have shown that people who are physically active are less likely to develop colon cancer. The British Journal of Cancer has just published another article that reiterates this fact.

The authors of this latest article reviewed studies published through June 2008. A total of 52 articles were found that met the requirements with data on physical activity, patient sex, and colon cancer data.

The physical activity looked at in the articles reviewed included manual labor, jogging, working out at the gym and brisk walking.

The review found that those who are physically active are 24% less likely to develop colon cancer. This was true for both men and women. It was true regardless of whether their activity came from their job or in their spare time. The decreased risk remained even after other risk factors linked to cancer, such as diet, obesity and smoking, were taken into account.

There are an estimated 108,000 new cases of colon cancer and 40,000 rectal cancer each year in the United States. Nearly 50,000 people die each year from colon / rectal cancer in the US. Most colon cancers are adenocarcinomas. These are cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids.


While being physically active won't decease your risk of developing colon cancer to zero, it does help. Other helpful ways to decrease your risk of colon cancer include:

* Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

* Eat a low-fat diet.

* Limit alcohol consumption.

* Stop smoking.

Physical activity and colon cancer prevention: a meta-analysis; British Journal of Cancer. Published online 12 February 2009; Wolin KY, Yan Y, Colditz GA.
National Cancer Institute


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