Compared to people who are not active, it is well established that people who are
physically active have a lower risk of colon and breast cancer. A meta-analysis of 12 prospective
studies found that higher levels of leisure-time physical activity were associated
with a lower incidence of many common types of cancer, including endometrial
cancer and lung cancer. The study compared moderate to vigorous intensity leisure-
time physical activity with incidence of 26 types of cancer and found that high
vs. low levels of leisure-time physical activity were associated with lower risks of
13 cancers including esophageal adenocarcinoma, liver, lung, kidney, gastric cardia,
endometrial, myeloid leukemia, myeloma, colon, head and neck, rectal, bladder
and breast. The study authors concluded that leisure-time physical activity was
associated with lower risks of many cancer types regardless of body size or smoking
Research also shows that getting regular physical activity helps cancer
survivors improve their physical fitness and have a better quality of life.
The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Scientific Advisory Committee evaluated
45 systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and pooled analyses comprising hundreds of
epidemiologic studies with several million study participants. The Committee determined
that strong evidence linked highest versus lowest physical activity levels
to reduced risks of many types of cancer, with risk reductions ranging from approximately
10% to 20%.
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