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Nov032011

Loafing Could Be Lethal, Study Says

db2stock/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) – New data from the American Institute for Cancer Research suggests that more than 90 thousand cases of colon and breast cancer diagnosed every year may be caused by lack of physical activity, according to USA Today. The findings are being presented today in Washington, D.C. and refers to 49,000 cases of breast cancer and 43,000 cases of colon cancer.

This research confirms the long-standing theory that a simple 30 minute walk can lower the risk of cancer. Experts and the American Cancer Society are among those who have always emphasized the importance of exercise as a way to stay healthy and lower the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.

What’s new about this study is that it actually gives an estimate of the number of cases that could be prevented if the individuals were more active.

USA Today reports that the calculations are based on U.S. physical activity data and cancer incidence statistics. Analysis of more than 200 cancer studies worldwide suggest that physical activity would reduce the risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, and endometrial cancer by 25-30 percent.

The health risk associated with “sitting disease” is not isolated to cancer either.

Alpa Patel, an American Cancer Society epidemiologist, conducted a study to investigate the general health dangers of sitting too long without moving. In this study of about 123,000 people, she found that the risk of dying early was significantly higher for those people who spent more time sitting than being active.

Patel suggests taking a “break” from sitting, and making sure to get up and walk around periodically during the day.

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