Although physical activity reduces colon cancer risk, few Americans are aware that exercise can help prevent it.
Only 15 percent of people responding to the Health Information National Trends Survey listed physical activity as one way to reduce the chances of getting colon cancer.
Least aware of exercise’s value in reducing risk were
- People over 50
- Those with less education
- Individuals who thought physical activity recommendations were confusing
- People who said they didn’t look for information about cancer
- Those with less information about colon cancer
- Less physically active individuals
Writing in Patient Education and Counseling, researchers at Fox Chase and Memorial Sloan Kettering cancer centers recommended,
Health care providers should routinely inform their patients that engaging in regular physical activity greatly reduces the risk of developing colon cancer.
SOURCE: Coups et al., Patient Education and Counseling, Volume 72, Number 2, August 2008.