Study Finds Sitting Too Long Linked to Breast, Colon Cancer

Study Finds Sitting Too Long Linked to Breast, Colon Cancer

Gregory Han
Nov 3, 2011

Besides being a likely culprit of our nation's obesity epidemic [looking at our own paunch], sitting all day might be the cause of even more serious health issues for both men and women. The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) in Washington, D.C., believes 49,000 cases of breast cancer and 43,000 of colon cancer could be attributed to our sedentary lifestyle, with sitting all day a major component of the findings...

As cited over at USA Today, epidemiologist Christine Friedenreich of Alberta Health Services in Calgary, Canada believes she's found convincing evidence that regular physical activity reduces the risk of breast cancer, colon cancer and endometrial cancer by 25% to 30%, with additional links to a reduction in the risk of lung, prostate and ovarian cancer.

Basically, it's becoming clearer every day it's important to keep moving all day as much as possible, whether it be via standing desks, small periods of exercise (even from your desk) throughout the day, adding walking or biking to your commute, and even just taking the stairs or long way when in the office. Small adjustments in lifestyle can result in big changes in health!

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