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High Intensity Exercise Reduces Growth of Malignant Cells in Colon

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Researchers discovered chemicals in your blood found immediately after participating in high-intensity interval training (HIIT) were able to reduce the number of colon cancer cells, suggesting HIIT may play a role in prevention and treatment
  • Your colon is separated into four parts and is also known as your large intestine or large bowel. It plays an important role in how your body utilizes the food you eat and removal of water before waste is excreted
  • Colorectal cancer kills 51,000 Americans every year and is one of the clearest markers of nutritional transition, rising in countries undergoing rapid societal and economic change
  • While researchers have not identified a specific causative factor, your gut microbiome plays an important role. Although blood in the stool is one symptom, there are other reasons it may appear, including hemorrhoids, peptic ulcer or gastroenteritis
  • Protecting your gut microbiome helps protect your colon from the development of cancer and plays a vital role in disease prevention

You may sometimes hear the terms colon cancer and colorectal cancer used interchangeably. However, they are different. Colorectal cancer includes cancers occurring in the colon and rectum, while colon cancer occurs only in the large intestines.

Historically, colon cancer has been confined to those over the age of 50, but this is changing. According to a recent report by the American Cancer Society, prevalence among younger adults is rising. As reported by STAT News:

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