Prolonged sitting may raise cancer risk
The more time people spend sitting, the higher their risk for cancer, such as colon cancer and endometrial cancer, according to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
In fact, researchers found that with each 2-hour increase in sitting per day, the risk of colon cancer increased by 8 percent, and women’s risk of endometrial cancer increased by 10 percent. And, it didn’t matter how active the participants where when they were not sitting.
For the study, researchers analyzed data from 43 previous observational studies, which looked at more than 4 million people, of which 70,000 had cancer. Researchers say obesity may be a factor, as it is a major diver for multiple cancers.
Though they found that physical activity outside of sitting did not impact the risk for cancer, researchers say that getting exercise is still beneficial for overall health.