This Activity Can Lower Lung and Colon Cancer Risk in Men

A new study published in the Journal of Oncology says fitness – especially cardiovascular exercise – may play a role in reducing the risk for lung and colon cancer for men.

Researchers studied more than 13,000 men for decades and found lower rates of these cancers.

“We don’t know the exact details as to why or how that contributes. Maybe it’s general health. People who exercise probably keep better health. They eat more fiber. They eat healthier foods,” Nav Grandhi MD, of the TriHealth Digestive Institute, tells Local 12's Liz Bonis. “Now a days, we know that antioxidants help. So it’s probably a combination of things, basically healthier living.”

“Healthier living” should also include:

  • Not smoking
  • Maintaining a healthy weight

Exercise Leads to Better Odds of Surviving Cancer Diagnosis

Additionally, the study showed that in those who did get cancer, they were less likely to die from it than those who didn’t get cardiovascular exercise.

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Last Updated: May 04, 2015