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Study: Reduce cancer risk with exercise

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Doctors know exercise does a body good in helping to heal from cancer. However, this new research shows it can actually prevent 13 different types of cancer. (KCTV5) Doctors know exercise does a body good in helping to heal from cancer. However, this new research shows it can actually prevent 13 different types of cancer. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

We all know by now that exercise is important, but studies now show it may actually help avoid cancer.

Doctors know exercise does a body good in helping to heal from cancer. However, this new research shows it can actually prevent 13 different types of cancer. And, it even goes one step further by showing a correlation between the more you exercise, the less chance of developing cancer.

Sami Mansfield is an exercise specialist for The University of Kansas Cancer Center.  She runs a survivorship exercise program to help them stay strong and help their bodies fight.

"We do notice the importance of her being healthy, having lean muscle mass to help preserve her weight, keeping a healthy weight, reducing her cardiovascular risk and keeping her energy high," Mansfield said.

Mansfield recently worked out with Shelley Shackelford, a five-year breast cancer survivor who swears by exercise for many reasons. 

"It also just helps tolerate all symptoms of chemo and after effects and keeps you healthy so you don't have a recurrence. That is what I've wanted this entire time," Shackelford said.

A study of 1.4 million people in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed exercise had the most benefit against breast, endometrial and colon cancers. But, it also showed some improvement in fighting lung, esophageal, liver, stomach and kidney cancers, as well as melanoma and cancers of the head and neck, rectum and bladder.

"Exercise is one of the most overlooked and often underutilized tools in the cancer world," Mansfield said.

This makes sense when you realize exercise reduces fat, and body fat pumps out hormones and other compounds such as estrogen and insulin, which can lead to higher cancer risk.

As a generic guideline, the American Institute of Cancer Research recommends 30 minutes a day, in any way of exercise, ideally a moderate activity for cancer prevention. 

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