Physical Activity & Cancer
- Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. Nearly 1 in 3 Americans will develop cancer and approximately 1 in 4 will die from cancer. The GOOD NEWS is that most cancers can be cured if detected early. More GOOD NEWS is that many cancers can be prevented through lifestyle modifications. These modifications include improving dietary habits, eliminating tobacco use, and maintaining regular exercise habits.
What Does The Research Say?
- Cancer is the second leading cause of death in America. Some research indicates that regular physical activity may help reduce the risk of many cancers including colorectal cancer.
- Research indicates that unfit men are 4.3 times more likely to die from cancer than fit men. Additionally, unfit women are more than 16 times the risk of cancer death than fit women.
Age Adjusted Cancer Death Rates
Blair, SN., et al. (1989). Physical fitness and all-cause mortality: a prospective study of healthy men and women. JAMA, 262:3295.