The National Institutes of Health published the results of another recent study out of the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research that specifically links sedentary work with an increased risk of colorectal cancers. The Australian researchers compared data from 918 colon cancer patients and 1,021 controls from 2005 to 2007 ranking occupations on a physical activity gradient.
The risk of colon cancer increased by 200% along with a 44% increase in rectal cancers among study participants who had sedentary occupations for a period of ten years or more above levels of participants who were active during their careers. Occupations engaging in heavy physical activity resulted in 44% reduction in the risk of colon cancer versus light-activity workers.
Notably, the researchers reported that these results have occupational health implications.
Numerous warnings and studies have surfaced this year regarding the link between sedentary office environments and increases in heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer and premature mortality.
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women with 1 in 8 women developing the disease in their lifetime. However, there are steps one can take to better the odds.
According to a 20-year Nurses’ Health Study of 72,000 female nurses, walking for three hours a week, a mere 30 minutes a day is associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer.
Another study published in the New England Journal of Medicine focused on 26,000 women and found similar results with the risk of breast cancer reduced by an amazing 72%.
A joint study from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund found that 40% of all breast cancer cases in the U.S. could be prevented with lifestyle changes which included exercise, proper diet and weight management.
The range of the test results is quite large however the underlying message is clear: walking daily has a dramatically positive impact on a woman’s ability to prevent breast cancer. The challenge for most is finding time in the day to walk. That is where a treadmill desk such as the TrekDesk can help.
Walking also assists in weight control which is critical in the prevention of breast cancer. Excess weight is known to increase levels of hormones, estrogen and insulin which are thought to play a role in the development of breast cancer.