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Mike AlpertMike Alpert

Many of you, like me, have known and respected Amy Bantham through her years of work at IHRSA. And, you may know that she has been an advocate of Exercise is Medicine and is now pursuing her Ph.D. at The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Recently, I read an article she posted on LinkedIn: Health News Roundup - December 2019. I think it confirms what we have all known and what I have been writing about for many years. The following is a summary of her article:

"Lower cancer risk, lower falling risk; less bone loss and less inflammation. Fighting aging and obesity; getting the recommended amount of physical activity is tied to lower risk of cancer," the study says.

Exercise Lowering the Risk of Seven Types of Cancer

A new study sheds light on one potential health benefit of exercise: a lower risk of certain cancers. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, analyzed data from more than 750,000 adults in the United States, Europe and Australia, and found that recommended amounts of physical activity correlated with lower risks of seven types of cancer, of the 15 types that researchers looked at.

These cancer types were: colon, breast, kidney, myeloma, liver, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and endometrial. A number of previous studies have come to similar conclusions about physical activity and cancer. In the latest analysis, the researchers dug deeper into the relationships between the amount of physical activity and how much lower the cancer risk became.

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