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Estimating Cancers Caused By Insufficient Physical Activity  

A study in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health used several variables to calculate the number of cancers likely attributed to insufficient physical activity in Australia. Researchers used a formula incorporating the prevalence of physical inactivity, incidence of cancer, and relative risks associated with physical activity and cancer to estimate the proportion that cancer incidence would change, assuming all insufficiently active people increased exercise by 30 minutes per week.

The calculation estimated that 1,804 cases of colon, post-menopausal breast, and endometrial cancer were caused by insufficient physical activity, and if exercise was increased by 30 minutes per week among inactive people, 314 cases of cancer could be prevented. Health clubs provide a safe, fun place for those new to exercise to begin an active habit. 

Olsen CM1,2, Wilson LF1, Nagle CM1,2, Kendall BJ1,3, Bain CJ1,4, Pandeya N1,2, Webb PM1,2, Whiteman DC1,2. Cancers in Australia in 2010 attributable to insufficient physical activity. Aust N Z J Public Health. 2015 Oct;39(5):458-63. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12469.

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