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November 6, 2009 | 1 minute read

The Evidence is Clear: Activity Reduces Cancer Risk

It’s the last afternoon of the research conference and this session is all about physical activity. Tim Byers, MD, an epidemiologist at University of Colorado at Denver starts it off showing that some of the best evidence linking physical activity to lower cancer risk stems Snapshot_PAfrom AICR/WCRF’s 2007 expert report. The report conducted a systematic literature review of the evidence relating to physical activity and cancer risk. (Dr. Byers was a panel member on the report.)

The last couple years have only added to the evidence linking physical activity to lower cancer risk.

One of the more interesting findings, said Dr. Byers, was that physical activity was linked to substantially reducing cancer risk regardless of BMI. Physical activity – of all types — was found to reduce the risk of colon, breast, and endometrial cancers.

Fun Fact: Washington, DC –where AICR’s research conference is happening – ranked as the number one fittest city in America, according to American College of Sports Medicine. Visit here to to see where your city ranks.

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