A recent study gives hope to any woman wanting to lower cancer risk: by simply adding an hour of moderate physical activity to each day, women can reduce their risk for breast cancer.
The latest research out of France analyzed studies covering more than 4 million women and discovered that more active women were less likely to develop breast cancer. The most active women, logging an hour or more of exercise per day, saw the most benefit, lowering their cancer risk by 12%.
Still, there was a lower risk of cancer in all women who were active, regardless of age, race, and how many years they were physically active.
How exactly does exercise lower cancer risk? Here are the details!
Exercise & Lower Cancer Risk
What Cancers Are Involved?
Exercise has been linked to lowering cancer risk in the following cancer types:
- Colorectal cancer. The National Cancer Institute estimates that people who exercise on a regular basis lower their colorectal cancer risk by 40 – 50% compared to those who do not participate in regular physical activity.
- Uterine cancer. Active women can lower their uterine cancer risk by 38 – 46%. This is because physical activity combats obesity and lowers women’s estrogen levels.
- Lung cancer. Being physically active also lowers your risk of developing lung cancer.
How Does Exercise Lower Cancer Risk?
There are many factors that can lead to cancer development — and regular exercise works to combat these factors, thus resulting in a lower cancer risk.
- Obesity. When your BMI is 30 or higher, you are at higher risk for developing potentially fatal cancers like breast cancer, colorectal cancer, multiple myeloma, kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, cervical cancer, thyroid cancer, esophageal cancer, liver cancer, ovarian cancer, and uterine cancer. By engaging in regular aerobic exercise, you can reach and maintain a healthy weight.
- Insulin resistance. Produced in the pancreas, insulin is the hormone responsible for helping the body convert blood sugar to energy. When you develop insulin resistance, your blood sugar rises and puts you at higher risk for certain cancers. Exercising regularly can prevent or lessen insulin resistance.
- Inflammation. Injury and disease leads to inflammation. Chronic inflammation caused by diseases like inflammatory bowel disease is linked to cancers. Physical activity can reduce inflammation and lower cancer risk.
- Immune system health. Even just moderate exercise — brisk walking and biking, for example — improves your immune system health. A healthy immune system is key for fighting off infections and diseases that increase cancer risk.
- Hormones. When your body is inactive, you’re at greater risk for cancers that spread using hormones, like breast and uterine cancers, due to higher estrogen levels.
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