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Cancer prevention and exercise

Exercise is essential in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. It lowers cholesterol levels, helps reduce body weight, and may have a role in preventing some types of cancer. In a systematic review from 2017, and reviewing 725,074 cancer cases in 22 anatomical locations, regular exercise was strongly associated with the reduction of 2 types of cancer, colon cancer and breast cancer.


Rezende LFMD, Sá THD, Markozannes G, et al Physical activity and cancer: an umbrella review of the literature including 22 major anatomical sites and 770 000 cancer cases British Journal of Sports Medicine 2018;52:826-833.

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