Dr. Rohit Kumar C, Consultant, Surgical Oncology, Manipal Hospitals, Bangalore, India had advised the public to engage in physical activities and exercises to reduce the risk of cancer.
He defined physical activity as movement performed by skeletal muscles requiring energy, and exercise as a subset of physical activities with planned, structured, repetitive and intentional movements, intended to improve or maintain physical fitness.
Dr. Rohit who gave advice during a virtual workshop organized by Manipal Hospitals to enlighten the public, especially women, on various health conditions as part of his Mother’s Day celebration activities , said it was very safe for people to walk more than 10,000 steps a day.
Each individual was also tasked with participating in at least two strength training sessions per week and maintaining muscle mass.
Dr Rohit said physical activity could prevent one in eight cases of breast cancer, one in eight cases of colorectal cancer, one in 12 cases of diabetes and one in 15 cases of heart disease.
Exercise also reduced the risk of esophageal cancer by 42%, liver cancer by 27%, lung cancer by 26%, gastric cardia cancer by 22%, kidney cancer by 23%. % and myeloid leukemia by 20%. , he said.
He said the activity, apart from other benefits, also reduced the risk of endometrial cancer by 21%, colon cancer by 16%, myeloma by 17%, head and neck cancer. 15%, rectal cancer 13%, breast cancer 10% and bladder cancer 13%.
He therefore warned people who lead sedentary lifestyles and those who drive most of the time without walking to refrain from these life-threatening behaviors and engage in lifestyles that could extend their lifespans. .