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Sitting Linked to Increased Risk for Cancer in Women

According to a study conducted by the American Cancer Society, sitting too much can raise cancer risk in females. The study shows that women who spend 6 hours or more of their time sitting have increased cancer risk by 10% in comparison to the women who spend 3 hours of their time per day sitting.

These women had increased chances to develop certain cancers that include breast cancer and ovarian cancer. They were also more likely to be diagnosed with multiple myeloma as well. However, when men are concerned, the study didn’t show that sitting increases cancer risk.

Over 77 thousand women and nearly 70 thousand men participated in the study. All participants were enrolled in the Cancer Prevention Study II Nutrition Cohort and none of them had cancer at the beginning of the research. The average age was 16 in women and 13 in men. The participants reported how many hours they sit a day and that information was compared and analyzed. It was found out that from 1992 to 2009, about 12 thousand women and over 18 thousand men later found out that they had cancer. Women that stated that they spent 6 or more hours a day sitting were linked to a 43% greater risk for ovarian cancer and 65% increased risk for multiple myeloma. Generally, they were linked to a 10% increased risk for any type of cancer in comparison to females who spent less than 3 hours a day sitting.

What is alarming is the fact that cancer risk remained increased even after the scientists adjusted for the age, body mass, physical activity and other factors.

Prevent cancer by sitting less

Sitting too much was previously linked to dying younger, even for people who exercise and are physically active. Doctors recommend that adults limit the time they spend sitting and include regular activity into their everyday life. Such activities are walking, standing whenever they can (during meetings, when doing housework). Sit less and live longer.

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