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The amount of physical activity you perform both in your leisure time and on the job may lower your risk of colon cancer. Researchers examined 685 colon cancer patients and over 2,400 control subjects, ages 40 to 85. Those who reported moderate-to-strenuous leisure-time exercise more than twice a week were 30 percent less likely to have colon cancer. They also found a 50 percent reduction in colon cancer risk among those who reported the highest frequency of leisure-time exercise and highest occupational physical activity.

The researchers conclude, “The growing evidence on physical activity and colon cancer risk, from this and other studies, suggests that a general increase in the level of physical activity would have additional benefits in lowering the relatively high incidence rates of this disease found in Western industrialized populations.”

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Reprinted with persmission from Signs of the Times, December 2006. Copyright © 2007 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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