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Regular Exercise Linked To Lower Risk Of Colon Cancer Death

December 13, 2010: 10:04 AM EST

A study by U.S. researchers has found that consistent physical exercise lowers the risk of dying from colon cancer. The research was designed to determine whether exercise influenced either the incidence of colon cancer diagnosis or the risk of dying from the disease. Researchers examined data on more than 150,000 men and women, linking levels of physical activity between 1982 and 1997 and the number of colon cancer diagnoses between 1998 and 2006. The study found that people who exercised on a consistent basic for at least ten years had the lowest risk of colon cancer. Strenuous physical activity was not necessary, researchers said. "You go for a 30-minute walk every day, and you're going to reduce your risk of a number of diseases,” said first author Kathleen Y. Wolin, ScD.

K. Y. Wolin, A. V. Patel, P. T. Campbell, E. J. Jacobs, M. L. McCullough, G. A. Colditz, S. M. Gapstur, "Physical Activity and Colon Cancer Incidence and Mortality", Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention, December 13, 2010, © American Association for Cancer Research
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