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article imageStudy: Exercise acts as shield against cancer, even 20 years on

By Marcus Hondro     May 20, 2013 in Health
A study from the University of Vermont that tracked 17,000 men found those who exercised had a 68 percent less chance of contacting lung cancer and 38 percent lower chance of colorectal cancers than other men. The study tracked the men for some 20 years.
Dr. Susan Lakoski of the University led the study and will present their findings at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), May 31 to June 4 in Chicago. Her study also found that the chances of dying from heart disease is significantly reduced by exercising.
Men who did exercise and yet did develop cancer had a greater survival rate. Men found to be the fittest in their early 50s were less likely to get these illnesses 20 years on.
The meeting, entitled "Building Bridges to Conquer Cancer" will be attended by some 25,000 oncology professionals. NBC has a more detailed examination of Dr. Lakoski's study here and after the conference it will be published.
“Two things you can’t change are your genes and your age,’ Dr. Lakoski said. “But you can get more fit.”
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