(Catharine Paddock/ Medical News Today) — A recent study of a large and diverse group of people supports the idea that being physically fit can help protect against cancer.
Working with the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI, researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, saw how the fittest adults had the lowest risk of lung and colorectal cancer.
Their analysis also linked higher fitness before diagnosis to better survival among those who did develop lung or colorectal cancer.
The study used data on 49,143 health system patients who had undergone exercise stress tests of fitness between 1991 and 2009. (…)