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At Least 5 Hours of Moderate-Intensity Activity Per Week May Prevent Certain Types of Cancers

Any amount of movement is beneficial, but research indicates there may be a sweet spot.

10/22/2021 7:09:00 PM

Any amount of movement is beneficial, but research indicates there may be a sweet spot.

Any amount of movement is beneficial, but research indicates there may be a sweet spot.

Researchers looked at state-level data on cancer incidence as well asby state (in people age 30 or older) and found a strong connection between reduced cancer prevalence and more exercise. That was particularly true for cancers related to the breast, colon, stomach, kidney, bladder, and esophagus.

→Join Runner’s World+ today for exclusive access to the latest health and running news!They noted that more than 46,000 cancer cases in the U.S. annually could be prevented if people followed the guideline of getting at least five hours of moderate-intensity activity per week. For all cancer cases in adults between 2013 and 2016, about 3 percent were attributable to physical inactivity, they suggested. That incidence was higher in women than in men, researchers added.

States with the highest proportion of cancers attributed to sedentary behavior were in the South, such as Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Those with the lowest proportion were in Western states like Montana, Utah, and Wyoming.

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