Follow Our Live Coverage of Covid-19 Developments

Health Tip: Exercise May Lower Your Risk of Cancer

Please note: This article was published more than one year ago. The facts and conclusions presented may have since changed and may no longer be accurate. And "More information" links may no longer work. Questions about personal health should always be referred to a physician or other health care professional.

(HealthDay News) -- Getting enough daily exercise can help prevent obesity, which increases a person's risk of developing cancer, the U.S. National Cancer Institute says.

The institute mentions how physical activity can lower your risk of developing cancer:

  • Exercise contributes to lower levels of hormones, such as insulin and estrogen, which have been associated with cancer development and growth.
  • Exercise helps prevent obesity and insulin resistance, a failure of the body's cells to respond to insulin.
  • Physical activity helps reduce inflammation.
  • Exercise helps improve immune system function.
  • Physical activity reduces the amount of time it takes for food to travel through the digestive system, which decreases gastrointestinal tract exposure to substances that could lead to cancer.

Last Updated: