Exercise Reduces the Risk of Several Cancers

While we often focus on cardiovascular risk benefits associated with exercise, it can reduce your risk of getting cancer, too.

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  • colon cancer (men only)
  • uterus (endometrial) cancer
  • kidney cancer
  • myeloma
  • liver cancer
  • non-Hodgkin lymphoma (women only)
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  • colon cancer (men only): 8–14 percent lower risk in men
  • uterus cancer: 10 to 18 percent lower risk
  • kidney cancer: 11 to 17 percent lower risk
  • liver cancer: 18 to 27 percent lower risk
  • myeloma: 14 to 19 percent lower risk
  • lymphoma (non-Hodgkin): 11 to 18 percent lower risk
  1. Patel AV, Friendenreich CM, Moore SC, and others. American College of Sports Medicine roundtable report on physical activity, sedentary behavior, and cancer prevention and control. Med Sci Sports Exerc 51:2391–2402, 2019.

I have degrees from Harvard, Yale, and Penn. I am a radiation oncologist in the Seattle area. You may find me regularly posting at www.newcancerinfo.com

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