Exercise can help prevent colon cancer

Research indicates that exercising can decrease colon cancer risk by up to 40 percent. Take a short quiz to find out if you get enough exercise.

The colon, or large intestine, is the body’s waste removal system. It recycles what your body can use and stores the waste for disposal. Exercise stimulates peristalsis, a wave-like muscular contraction that helps push waste through the colon. Exercise also helps reduce risk factors for colon cancer, such as obesity and diabetes. Research indicates that exercising can decrease colon cancer risk by up to 40 percent.

Do you get enough physical activity? Take our short quiz to find out.

Choose the answer that most closely represents your actual circumstances, what you actually do or what you would be most likely to do.

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How many points did you score?

Score: 5 — Time to get up and get moving!

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It is very important that you try to add physical activity into your life. Start by being physically active every day — in any way you like. Begin by adding 10 minutes of activity each day and build up to 30 minutes.

Score: 6 to 11 — Not too bad, but there’s room for improvement.

At this level of physical activity in your life, you probably know you could be more active. Try to be physically active every day in any way for 30 minutes or more.

Score: 12+ — Excellent!

You are making a good effort to stay physically active. If you find it easy to clock up to 30 minutes of activity every day, aim to increase this to 60 minutes of moderate activity, or 30 minutes of vigorous activity.

Source: American Institute for Cancer Research


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