Exercise cuts colon cancer risk

Regular exercise can cut your risk of colon cancer by a quarter

People who take regular exercise can cut their risk of colon cancer by 24%, according to research.

The British Journal of Cancer study looked at many kinds of physical activity, including manual labour, jogging, working out at the gym and brisk walking.
It concluded that people who take regular exercise cut their risk of colon cancer by 24 per cent.

The increased protection was there even after risk factors linked to cancer, such as diet, obesity and smoking, were taken into account. The benefit was the same for men and women.

Study author Dr Kathleen Wolin, from the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, said: ‘It’s very positive to see that exercise has such a clear benefit in reducing cancer risk.

‘We hope it will encourage people to enjoy a healthy active lifestyle as well as treating it as a way to minimise their colon cancer risk.’

Exercise is thought to reduce risk of the disease by controlling weight. It also reduces the level of insulin and other hormones, which are linked to the growth of cancer tumours.

Bowel cancer is the third most common form of cancer, with more than 36,500 people affected each year in the UK.

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