Charity encourages brisk walking, being more active to prevent breast and bowel cancer, uk

Charity encourages brisk walking, being more active to prevent breast and bowel cancer, uk

A cancer research charity estimates that 10,000 cases of breast and bowel cancer could be prevented every year in the UK if people engaged in more "brisk walking" or were generally more physically active every day.

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) timed the announcement to coincide with the launch of its Walking Together campaign to raise awareness about how moderate physical activity, including walking, can help prevent cancer.

They estimate that 4.600 cases of bowel cancer and about 5,500 of breast cancer could be prevented in the UK every year if people were more active so their heart beat a little faster: this can be achieved by going out brisk walking and also incorporating more walking as part of every day life, like walking to the shops instead of always taking the car or going by bus, they said.

Another benefit is that people who are more active on a regular basis are less likely to be overweight, which is also a risk factor for cancer.

WCRF says people should be physically active, that is do something physical that raises the heartbeat a little, for at least half an hour every day.

You don't have to set aside half an hour a day and do it all at once: two brisk 15 minute walks are just as good, and shorter activities too, so the total time each day adds up to about half an hour of raised heart rate.

Dr Rachel Thompson, Deputy Head of Science for WCRF, told the press that there was mounting evidence that exercise prevents cancer.

"Even relatively modest increases in activity levels could prevent thousands of cancer cases in the UK every year," she added, explaining this does not mean you have to go to the gym and do a workout every day.

"You can reduce your cancer risk just by making small changes and this is highlighted by the fact that so many cancer cases could be prevented through something as simple as brisk walking," she said.

She urged people to take up walking as a hobby, and use the car or bus less and walk more: it "can make a real difference to their health".

She said WCRF have launched their campaign to get more people walking and doing more regular physical activity because while the evidence that exercise prevents cancer is getting stronger, people's awareness of it is still too low: only a third of people know about it, she said.

Paul Fretwell, Head of Fundraising for WCRF said they are trying to get the message across that it does not matter where you live in the UK, you are rarely far from somewhere nice to walk.

The Walking Together campaign asks people to support the work of the WCRF by raising money through organized walks with friends and family and to develop the habit of walking as a regular enjoyable activity so they also reduce their own risk of cancer.

"We hope that Walking Together encourages people to get into the habit of brisk walking, both as a hobby but also as part of their daily lives," said Fretwell.

The WCRF estimates are published in an online paper titled Preventability of Cancer by Food, Nutrition, and Physical Activity, that is part of the WCRF Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention report.

You can also download information packs, sponsorship forms, invitations and so on to help you organize a walk in your area from the Walking Together webpage.

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-- Exercise Cuts Colon Cancer Risk By A Quarter

-- Reducing Breast Cancer Risk By Vigorous Exercise

Sources: WCRF, archives.

Bowel Cancer UK Awareness Video (Video Medical And Professional 2020).

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