Doing moderate to vigorous physical activity as part of your lifestyle reduces the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. Moderate to energetic physical activity that makes you sweat and that makes your heart beat faster. It includes walking, swimming, cycling or running. The latest research suggests that doing any kind of activity to avoid sitting for a long time helps to reduce the risk of cancer.
Physical activity may reduce cancer risk
Research shows that people who engage in regular physical activity appear to have a lower risk of cancer.
Studies that track large groups of people over time show that people who do physical activity appear to have a lower risk of colon cancer. While we do not know for sure that physical activity itself is the one that reduces the risk of colon cancer, people who do regular physical activity have between 40% and 50% less risk of colon cancer compared to those people that do not do physical activity regularly. Some evidence suggests that people who are active throughout their lives have the lowest risk of colon cancer.
Large studies show that women who engage in moderate to energetic physical activity for more than 3 hours a week have a 30% to 40% lower risk of breast cancer. This applies to all women, regardless of their family history or breast cancer.
Some studies show that the higher the level of activity, the lower the risk of cancer. However, it is not known with certainty if any specific level of activity should be achieved to reduce risk. While activity throughout a person’s life is important, activity at any age can help reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Some research has linked physical activity to reducing the risk of uterine cancer.
There is much ongoing research on physical activity and its effects on cancer. Recent research shows that even mild activity can provide some health benefits. Mild activity includes everything you do to avoid sitting or lying down.
Tips for children and adolescents to fight cancer
To maintain the habit of physical activity for the whole life, the children and adolescents must do an activity of regular way. Patterns of physical activity that begin in childhood often move into adulthood. Children should engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity for at least 60 minutes a day. At least 3 times a week, children and adolescents should do moderate to vigorous activity. Here are some ways to encourage activity in children:
- Reduce television time
- Limit time spent on video games
- Limit use of computer and other electronic devices
- Participate in sports and physical activities
- Actively play at school or at home
- Physical exercise helps to better manage chemotherapy and reduce the potential risk of relapse.
There are many scientists who point to the relationship between obesity and the development of a cancer mom, although to date there is no scientific evidence to prove it clearly. However, an interventional study carried out by Laura Garcia, Specialist Breast Unit Oncology Center Integral HM Pitched Clara, could provide more evidence to establish this connection.
The interventional study of exercise in the neoadjuvant treatment of triple negative breast cancer, Garcia has launched thanks to a scholarship Ignacio Hernando de Larramendi of the Mapfre Foundation, seeks to show that exercise increases the probability of survival of a Women with breast cancer, while reducing the chances of having the disease again once it has passed.
Laura Garcia explains that the main intention of the study is
“To measure a series of metabolites in the blood in women with triple negative breast cancer taking into account the intervention of the physical exercise”
And, in this way, to verify the effect that has in
“Certain metabolic pathways during the time that women are treated with chemotherapy.”
The benefits of performing physical activities are numerous, according to Garcia:
“Exercise stimulates and enhances the immune system. From the psychic point of view and related to many factors, such as the release of endorphins, sport produces a sense of well-being.”
Also, when doing sports estrogen production is reduced; these hormones serve as food for the tumor, and therefore, reduction in number halt the development of these.
It is beneficial for anyone, both mentally and physically. In the case of women with breast cancer, physical exercise will help to better manage chemotherapy and reduce the potential risk of relapse. To do this, it does not have to be a specific sport, it’s worth anyone who enjoys it.
The medical professional also recalls that besides exercise is important to follow a balanced diet. In the breast, cancer there is no forbidden food what is recommended is the Mediterranean diet throughout life.