You probably know that daily exercise benefits your body and your brain but do you know that going to the gym can also help prevent some types of cancer? Here are five types of cancer that regular exercise may just prevent.
The National Cancer Institute estimates that 2.8 percent of women will be diagnosed with this type of cancer, that forms in the lining of the uterus, during their lifetime.
One of the best ways to prevent it is to perform daily activity. A 2004 study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggested that women with a higher BMI and low physical activity were at higher risk for developing endometrial cancer. By exercising and performing regular physical activity, the risk for this cancer can be reduced significantly.
According to a 2009 study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, moderate to vigorous physical activity can help reduce the risk of breast cancer. After analyzing 50 studies, researchers found a 20 percent reduction in the formation of breast cancer.
The National Cancer Institute believe that exercise may help prevent the growth of breast tumours by reducing hormone levels and by regulating insulin levels, which may improve your immune system.
The National Cancer Institute examined 21 studies and found that physical activity may decrease the risk of developing lung cancer by as much as 20 percent. However, the researchers experienced difficulty when they tried to rule out the effects of smoking on the results.
There is a growing number of men affected by prostate cancer. It is estimated that hundreds of millions of men worldwide have prostate cancer. A 2005 study in the Journal of American Medical Association Internal Medicine followed men for 14 years and found that those 65 years or older had a lower risk of fatal prostate cancer if they exercised vigorously.
Although being diagnosed with prostate cancer may cause one to become depressed and inactive, it is important to try to keep your body moving to stay mentally and physically fit.