Reduce Cancer Risk by Being Physically Active, Say Experts

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The recently released Third Expert Report – Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: A Global Perspective, concludes that daily physical activity provides a powerful protection against cancer. The report recommends individuals to achieve at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic physical activity per week and for more protection to aim for 45 to 60 minutes per day. Another important part of the recommendation is “walk more and sit less.”

Getting regular physical activity is one of the ten recommendations in the report that altogether work as a lifestyle package for cancer prevention. Over the next several weeks we will break down the physical activity guidelines in the report to help you better understand what they mean for you and how you can apply them to your lifestyle and personal circumstances.

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    AICR Cancer Prevention Report and You

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    I was thrilled and honored to be invited to the launch event of AICR/WCRF Third Expert Report, Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Cancer: a Global Perspective. The report was globally launched across continents on May 24, 2018. Referring to the release of the report as a “launch” really was fitting: Think of how a ship launches out to sea, bearing important cargo as it sends ripples in the water that spread far and wide. Here is a sampling of discussions, that I have had with colleagues, friends, and family.

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      High Vitamin D Levels Linked to Lower Colorectal Cancer Risk

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      A new study adding to the large body of research on vitamin D and cancer suggests that higher blood levels of this vitamin link to lower colorectal cancer risk, especially among women. The study was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI).

      AICR’s latest report – an analysis of the global research published last month — found hints that vitamin D may lower colorectal cancer risk but there was not enough strong evidence to make any firm conclusion. It was categorized as limited-suggestive. This new study will be added to AICR/WCRF’s Continuous Update Project, a process that systematically collects then analyzes research related to how diet, nutrition, physical activity and weight link to cancer risk.

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