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Washington: A Review, Update of Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

Any level of physical activity reduces the relative risk of some cancers by up to 20 percent, according to an interdisciplinary group of experts from the United States and Canada, confirming 2018 guidelines.

The group updated and confirmed findings on the relationship between physical activity and cancer risk presented in the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Scientific Report, published by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The review was led by Dr. Anne McTiernan, a research professor in epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health and full member at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She was also a member of the advisory committee that developed the 2018 guidelines.

“While we discovered that many reports found a greater reduction in risk with increasing amounts of time exercised or higher intensity of exercise (i.e., a dose-response effect), we could not determine exact levels that provide given levels of effect,” Dr. McTiernan recently wrote in an ACSM blog post. “However, we found that almost any level of physical activity likely confers some benefit in reducing cancer risk.”

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