Get Regular Exercise
An individual can lower their chance of developing cancer if they get regular exercise. This recommendation applies to individuals of all shapes and sizes, not just those are considered obese or overweight. Approximately five percent of all cancer deaths are attributed to a lack of regular physical activity. A lack of physical activity is known to increase the risk of the development of colon, breast, uterine, esophageal, liver, kidney, stomach, lung, and blood cancer. The mechanism behind this is thought to be associated with lower insulin and estrogen levels.
It is recommended that the average adult should get a minimum of 150 minutes of activity at a moderate level intensity each week. Alternatively, seventy-five minutes of activity at a vigorous level per week can help reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancers. Physical activities that fit into these categories include walking, running, swimming, and cycling. An individual's physical activity should be spread out somewhat evenly throughout the week if possible.