Intentional physical activity lower the risk of 13 different cancers

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 A newly published research on JAMA attributed leisure- time physical activity to lower risk of heart- disease and all cause mortality. According to Dr. Steven C. Moore, this association was difficult to explain but was observed in 1.44 million participants of median age 57 both male and female. The study which examined the level of physical exercise found that high vs. low level of activities reduced the risk of  13 various cancers among the 26 cancers under  their review. The following cancers seem not to thrive among these participants.


Esophageal adenocarcinoma, liver, lung, kidney, gastric cardia, endometrial,myeloid leukemia, myeloma, colon, head and neck, rectal,bladder and breast cancers.

However, the researchers noticed that body mass index slightly influenced this result in 10 out of the 13 cancers. Leisure time physical activities was also associated with higher risks of malignant melanoma and prostrate cancer and the association were generally similar between overweight/obese and normal- weight individuals. Among the participants, those who smoke had higher risk of lung cancer but not other smoking related cancers.

The researchers encourage healthcare professionals to counsel inactive adults as most of these cancers were evident regardless of body size or smoking history.

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