In addition to keeping a healthy diet and controlling how much you eat, exercising is another way to maintain a healthy body weight to reduce the risk of cancer. Some types of cancer such as cancer in the uterus, stomach, breast, colon, gallbladder, bladder, rectum, esophagus, pancreas, and kidney have been associated with obesity. Also, according to the American Cancer Society “Excess body weight also causes the body to produce and circulate more estrogen and insulin hormones and can stimulate cancer growth.”
The U.S Department of Health and Human Services recommends more physical activity for adults including doing at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of intense exercise a week. These recommendations do not require a drastic change in your day to day routine, any special training or skills. There is also not one specific type of exercise or physical activity required.
Exercise not only reduces the risk of certain cancers but can also reduce side effects of treatment, improve survival rates and quality of life in patients. Exercise is not only beneficial to cancer patients but to everyone. It helps maintain your weight, also improves your hormone levels and how your immune system works. Good physical activity can also help reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.