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Largest Study to Date Shows Promising Benefits of Exercise to Prevent Tumors

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  • Recent research shows people with the best cardiorespiratory fitness had a 77% reduced risk of lung cancer and a 61% decreased risk of colorectal cancer; they also had a reduced risk of death if they were diagnosed with lung or colorectal cancer
  • Further in vitro research found high intensity interval training may help reduce the number of colon cancer cells and is a strong predictor of all-cause mortality and cardiovascular disease
  • Factors that may influence colorectal health include frequent use of antibiotics, which increases the inflammatory response and the risk of cancer, and protecting the health of beneficial bacteria in your gut microbiome that produce propionic acid, which protect the epithelial cells of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Other benefits of exercise include improved mood and mental health, improved cognitive function, slowed aging and reduced risk of chronic illnesses

Cancer is at epidemic proportions around the world. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1.7 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed and 606,880 Americans are expected to die in 2019. This means 1,662 people will die every day. This number of deaths is exceeded only by heart disease.

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2019 lung cancer and colorectal cancer will be in the top three leading causes of death from cancer and be leading sites of new cancers in men and women. Although you sometimes hear the terms colon cancer and colorectal cancer used interchangeably, they are different.


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