Health Matters: Fighting Off Cancer with Exercise

By: Triston Sanders-Medical Anchor Email
By: Triston Sanders-Medical Anchor Email

May 12, 2011
Even a little exercise may ward off colon polyps which are sometimes precursors to cancer.
Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center studied almost 1,000 patients of different ethnic and racial groups. .
All were middle-aged and at no increased risk for colon cancer or polyps.
Two thirds of them were overweight and about half exercised at least an hour a week.
After performing colonoscopies, researchers determined those who exercised at least an hour a week were less likely to have colon polyps.
The findings remained constant across all racial and ethnic groups.
Study authors say their findings are not new.
They just confirm what doctors have been telling us all along, to get out and move.
Findings were presented at the Digestive Week Conference in Chicago.

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