November 4, 2011- The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) announced that over 90,000 new cancer diagnosis’ each year could be due to long periods of sitting and lack of physical activity. The AICR said that 43,000 cases of colon cancer and 49,000 of breast cancer could be caused by these two things.
Because of this, researchers say it gives them an idea of a possible way to prevent certain cancers by having people become more active. Experts in medicine have known for quite some time that the risk of diseases such as cancer is substantially decreased with physical activity. Other chronic diseases that are also aided by increased physical activity include diabetes and heart disease.
The risk of contracting colon or breast cancer could be reduced over a period of time by just including a brisk walk of about 30 minutes each day into your routine. Over 200 studies on cancer were reviewed by the AICR and convincing evidence was found that showed physical activity on a regular basis lowers the risk of colon, breast and endometrial cancer by up to 30%.
Some evidence also appeared that suggests that daily exercise also may reduce the risk of prostate, ovarian and lung cancer. More time sitting was found to increase the risk of dying at an earlier age even among those that were active on a regular basis.