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Ways to reduce your cancer risks

by Dr. Ann Kulz
Healthy S.C. Challenge Tips Newsletter
I remain in awe of the spectacular power physical activity provides on the disease-busting front. Two new studies trumpet its effectiveness for keeping the big C at bay. Reporting in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (July), Finnish researchers concluded that men who engaged in moderate to vigorous exercise for at least 30 minutes daily were 50 percent less likely to get cancer versus men who did less.
The study included more than 2,500 men ages 42-61 who were followed for 16 years. In the second report, Canadian researchers determined that breast cancer survivors who engaged in recreational exercise and sports during their lifetimes, significantly reduced their risk of breast cancer death and recurrence.
After following 1,231 breast cancer patients for at least 8.3 years, those who reported four or more hours of moderate intensity exercise weekly during their lifetimes were 44 percent less likely to die from their cancer and 34 percent less likely to have recurrence compared to those who reported less exercise.
Based on the most exhaustive review of science to date, the three most powerful lifestyle strategies available to decrease overall cancer risk are (in order of importance): avoiding tobacco, maintaining a healthy body weight, and engaging in regular physical activity.

Health 1st sponsored events
  • Sept. 24: Worksite screening at Rutledge Tower— receive a blood test for chemistry profile, lipid profile, and hemogram. All for $15 or $42 depending on your insurance. Registration is still open. Visit
  • Every Wednesday: Chair massage in the lobby of the Children’s Hospital and Ashley River Tower. Look for Broadcast Message announcements every Wednesday for exact times (usually from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.).
Editor's note: The preceding column was brought to you on behalf of Health 1st. Striving to bring various topics and representing numerous employee wellness organizations and committees on campus, this weekly column seeks to provide MUSC, MUHA and UMA employees with current and helpful information concerning all aspects of health.

Friday, Sept. 18, 2009

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