Physical activity reduces risk of cancer death finds first study to measure sedentary behavior and cancer mortality.*
“In the United States some three people a minute are diagnosed with cancer,”Jesse Slome, director of the American Association of Critical Illness Insurance
Execise-reduces-cancer-risk-of-death, June 18, 2020: Replacing 30 minutes of sitting with physical activity can greatly reduce the risk of cancer death. Moderately-intense activities such as cycling can reduce the risk by 31 percent. Light intensity activity such as walking reduced the risk by eight percent.
Researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center undertook the study. It is the first to evaluate sedentary behavior and cancer death. Greater inactivity was independently associated with a higher risk of dying from cancer.
The study involved a segment of more than 30,000 U.S. adults over the age of 45. Between 2003 and 2007 they were part of studies evaluating long-term health outcomes. The cohort study conducted in the contiguous US included 8002 black and white adults. Study participants were aged 45 years or older. All were enrolled in the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study. The present analysis was performed from April 18, 2019, to April 21, 2020.
“Our findings reinforce that it’s important to ‘sit less and move more’ and that incorporating 30 minutes of movement into your daily life can help reduce your risk of death from cancer,” says Dr. Susan Gilchrist. Dr. Gilchrist leads MD Anderson’s Healthy Heart Program. “Our next step is to investigate how objectively measured sedentary behavior impacts site-specific cancer incidence and if gender and race play a role.” Exercise reduces cancer risk of death is important information for consumers to know.
Cancer planning today should include supplemental health insurance protection
“In the United States some three people a minute are diagnosed with cancer,” shares Slome. “Unfortunately health insurance policies do not always cover all expenses for cancer care and medicines. In addition, many will take time off from work to undergo treatments.” A modest cancer insurance policy to pay for uncovered healthcare costs and replace lost income is vital for adults age 40 and older. They can cost less than $100 a year. “Consider it a highly affordable way to supplement the gaps in your health insurance,” Slome concludes.
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