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Physical activity



Doing little or no physical activity is associated with a higher risk of developing certain types of cancer. Physical inactivity is responsible for 14% of colon cancers and 11% of post-menopausal breast cancers – and probably contributes to many other cancers.

Physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. It can decrease the risk of developing cancer as well as improving cardiovascular fitness, maintaining bone mineral density and reducing stress. Being more active can also reduce body weight, another factor that influences the risk of developing cancer.

Just 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each day is good for your health and 60 minutes can reduce your risk of developing cancer. There is evidence to suggest that the more exercise you do, the lower your risk - especially if this is more vigorous physical activity. Check out our physical activity and cancer prevention fact sheet for ideas about how to increase your daily activity and reduce your cancer risk.


This page was last updated on: Monday, September 10, 2012