If you spend too much time sitting at your desk or on the couch, it’s time to spend more time exercising.
According to recent studies, “a lack of exercise can cause a wide variety of diseases.” However, physical inactivity is not currently recognized as a risk factor for cancer.
Dr. Kirsten Moysich, Distinguished Professor of Oncology in the Department of Cancer Prevention and Control at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, led two research teams which determined a solid link between physical inactivity and two different types of cancer: lung cancer and head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), which adds to the list of cancers linked to sedentary lifestyles.
For the first study, the scientists observed a number of patients from Roswell Park who accomplished a questionnaire that gauged their level of physical activity during adulthood.
In the second study, patients diagnosed with lung cancer or head/neck cancer were compared with people who consulted healthcare experts at Roswell Park with a suspicion of cancer but were determined to be cancer-free.