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Exercise lowers cancer risk for 13 types

Posted at 6:09 PM, May 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-16 18:09:28-04
No matter how much physical activity you do, engaging in exercise makes a difference. A new study from the National Cancer Institute shows regular exercise is more beneficial than you may think. 
 
Researchers looked at 1.4 million people who on average participated in an hour and a half of moderate exercise like walking every week. They found their risk for 13 different types of cancer decreased. 
 
As the intensity of their exercise regimen increased, their risk of getting any form of cancer decreased up to 40%. Even those who are considered obese  saw lower risks of getting any type of cancer. 
 
On average, the participants in the study were slightly overweight.