Irving, TX, Aug. 17, 2016 – An apple a day can keep the doctor away, but it seems exercise may do even more. Recent studies have shown that moderate to high levels of physical activity can lower the risks associated with 13 different forms of cancer.
“Research has already shown that regular exercise worked into the routine can improve overall health while lowering the risks for a variety of conditions,” says Dr. Gregory Echt, founder and lead surgeon at Choice Cancer Care. “This new study shows that exercise may have preventative benefits that go well beyond what was previously known.”
The study Dr. Echt is referring to involved an intensive analysis of data collected throughout the Americas and Europe. Researchers found that people who incorporated moderate to high levels of exercise into their routines could see their cancer risks drop by 10 to 42 percent, depending on the type of cancer involved. Cancers that seem to be impacted by physical activity level included lung, liver, kidney, breast and esophageal, among others. Although the study did not address the reasons behind the findings, researchers believe exercise may lower the risk for some forms of cancer by lowering inflammatory markers, creating hormone level changes and promoting lower insulin levels.
“While a complete understanding of the role exercise plays in lowering risks for certain forms of cancer is not yet available, the numbers show a connection that is hard to deny,” Dr. Echit says. “By taking steps to work exercise into the routine, people can lower risks for not only cancer, but also diabetes, heart disease and a host of other potentially serious conditions.”
People who want to work exercise into their weekly routines should speak with their healthcare providers for advice on getting started. It may be necessary to start out slow and build up to the more rigorous moderate to heavy routines identified as providing a cancer-fighting benefit.
About Choice Cancer Care
Choice Cancer Care is an independent, physician-owned cancer center network. Dr. Gregory Echt, a radiation oncologist with over two decades of experience, is the founder of Choice Cancer Care. Choice Cancer Care is among the busiest practices in the country for brachytherapy, or prostate seed implant therapy – a cancer treatment plan for prostate cancer that provides remarkable success rates and fewer life-limiting side effects.