Be physically active to prevent cancer
A healthy diet and regular adequate physical activity are of major importance to maintain good health throughout life.
Unhealthy diets and lack of physical activity are risk factors in the development of a number of conditions such as hypertension, hyperglycaemia, abnormal blood lipids, and overweight/ obesity.
Globally, approximately 1.6 billion adults are overweight and at least 400 million are clinically obese (2005 data). It is expected that by 2015 these data will have risen to 2.3 billion and > 700 million, respectively.
Obesity has some well-known health consequences such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and musculoskeletal disorders. In addition, obesity and lack of physical activity may account for 20-30% of several major cancers (colon, breast (postmenopausal), endometrial, kidney and oesophagus). Some studies have also reported links between obesity and cancers of the gallbladder, ovaries and pancreas.
Preventing weight gain can greatly reduce the risk of many cancers. It is therefore recommended to establish a healthy eating habit and physical activity pattern early in life to prevent overweight and obesity.
Get active, move your body: only 30 minutes of physical activity per day is necessary to reduce your risk of cancer. For school aged children/ teenagers at least 60 minutes of daily physical activity is recommened for noticable health benefits.