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Study: Too Much Sitting Could Increase Risk of Endometrial and Colon Cancer

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Disability Help Group

It’s no secret that a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of obesity, premature death and other health ailments such as diabetes and heart disease. But now a new study finds that too much sitting could also increase the risk of certain types of cancer.

Researchers analyzed 43 individual studies aimed at finding a connection between cancer and sitting. These studies involved close to 70,000 cancer cases. Their findings suggest there is an increased risk of two cancers: endometrial and colon cancer. But that same risk didn’t appear to exist with other types of cancer such as breast, prostate, ovarian, stomach and other cancers.

The risk of endometrial cancer was 32 percent higher in women who sit the most compared to those who sit the least. The risk increased even more among those who spent the most time watching television (66 percent).

With regard to colon cancer, it was a 24 percent increase for those who spend the most time sitting throughout the day. But it increased to 54 percent for those who spend the most time in front of the television.

One possible explanation for the even greater risk among those who watch the most television may have to do with eating and drinking habits. People may be more likely to eat and drink unhealthy foods and beverages when watching television.

The researchers also found that for every additional two hours spent sitting, there was a 10 percent increased risk of endometrial cancer. And for colon cancer, it was eight percent. Another interesting finding was that the risks of sitting too much wasn’t offset by regular exercise. Researchers suggest that not only is it important to exercise but to decrease the amount of time spent sitting throughout the day.

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