CancerRisk Factors

Get Moving to Slash Your Risk of 7 Cancers

You already know that exercise is good for the heart. New research shows that working out cuts cancer risk, too.

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    Lara is a former digital editor for HealthCentral, covering Sexual Health, Digestive Health, Head and Neck Cancer, and Gynecologic Cancers. She continues to contribute to HealthCentral while she works towards her masters in marriage and family therapy and art therapy. In a past life, she worked as the patient education editor at the American College of OB-GYNs and as a news writer/editor at