160 kidney cancer patients, 208 bladder cancer patients and 766 people without cancer. Cancer risks were similar whether people were obese or not, the researchers said.
The study was only designed to show an association between a sedentary lifestyle and the risk of these cancers; it cannot prove a cause-and-effect relationship.
“Our findings underscore how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including getting and staying active,” study first author Rikki Cannioto, an assistant professor of oncology at Roswell Park, said.
“The Department of Health and Human Services recommends 150 minutes each week of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes each week of vigorous physical activity as a way to generate significant, lasting health benefits,” Cannioto said.
Living a non-sedentary lifestyle might not be such an easy choice for some, workplaces have to start taking serious action and encourage a work environment where activity is a necessity, not problematic. However, the choice to get active is ultimately your choice and responsibility. For more ways to incorporate your healthy lifestyle into the workplace check out our Healthy Living section on BlackDoctor.org.
SOURCES: Roswell Park Cancer Institute, news release, May 24, 2017