Exercise reduces overall inflammation in the body

Source: American Institute for Cancer Research; CBC-Radio Canada; ABC News, November 2011

Several papers presented at the 2011 American Institute for Cancer Research conference emphasize the relationship between sedentary lifestyles, exercise, inflammation and cancer.

One study found that sedentary lifestyles increase the amount of inflammation in the body, in turn increasing one's risk for cancer. Researchers found that even people who exercise regularly but otherwise experience a sedentary lifestyle may be at an increased risk of inflammation and cancer.

Another paper at the conference concluded that nearly 100,000 cases of breast and colon cancer each year could be linked to a lack of physical activity. Researchers recommend that people get regular exercise in addition to breaking every hour of sitting with several minutes of activity.