Exercise and Colon Cancer Risk
Friday, May 29, 2009

An online research review concludes that physically active people are less likely to develop colon cancer. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about the review in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

People who are physically active are less likely to develop colon cancer.

A research review, published online in the British Journal of Cancer, pools physical activity and colon cancer data from 52 published studies.

The most physically active participants were 24 percent less likely than the least active participants to have colon cancer. That pattern held for men and women, regardless of whether they got their activity on the job or in their spare time.

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. This year, more than 131,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer, and 56,000 will die from it.

Colon cancer is also one of the most curable types of cancer if it is diagnosed early. When detected at its earliest stages, chances for a cure are as high as 90 percent.

The study doesnít prove that physical activity alone prevents colon cancer. But being physically active has many benefits, and itís a cornerstone of healthy living.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.