Being fit can reduce your risk of developing lung and colorectal cancer, reports a new study. The findings of the study are published in the journal CANCER. There is limited data on the relationship between cardiorespiratory fitness and lung and colorectal cancer risk and mortality. To investigate, Catherine Handy Marshall, MD, MPH, of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and her colleagues studied 49,143 adults who underwent exercise stress testing from 1991-2009 and were followed for a median of 7.7 years. ‘Individuals with highest fitness had a 77 percent decreased risk of developing lung cancer and a 61 percent decreased risk of developing colorectal cancer.’ The study represents the largest of its kind, as well as the first of its kind to involve women and a large percentage of non-white individuals. Those in the highest fitness category had a 77 percent decreased risk of developing lung cancer and a 61 percent decreased risk of developing colorectal cancer.Among individuals who developed lung cancer, those with the highest fitness had a 44 percent decreased risk of dying during follow-up, and among adults who developed colorectal cancer, those with the highest fitness had an 89 percent decreased risk. "Our findings are one of the first, largest, and most diverse cohorts to look at the impact of fitness on cancer outcomes," said Dr. Handy Marshall. "Fitness testing is commonly done today for many people in conjunction with their doctors. Many people might already have these results and can be informed about the association of fitness with cancer risk in addition to what fitness levels mean for other conditions, like heart disease." Additional studies are needed to expand on these results and to determine if improving fitness can influence risk and mortality rates of cancerSource: Eurekalert << Brain Imaging Lie Detector can be Beaten With Simple Techniq... Four Hallmarks of Cancer Metastasis Discovered >> Recommended Reading Lung Cancer Lung cancer is a malignant tumor in the lung tissues. Smoking is the main cause of lung cancer with symptoms like recurrent respiratory diseases. READ MORE Lung Cancer Screening Lung cancer accounts for nearly 1.3 million deaths annually worldwide. Lung cancer screening can help in early detection of cancer and possible cure. READ MORE Lung Cancer Awareness Month - Improving Lung Cancer Survival Lung cancer awareness month is observed in November and aims to educate the general public about lung cancer and improve survival. Lung cancer is the most common cancer in men and the third most common cancer in women. READ MORE Lung Cancer Mortality Rates Among Women May Increase to 40% by 2030 Lung and breast cancers could cause more deaths among women in high-income countries compared to middle-income countries by 2030, says study. READ MORE Bereavement Bereavement is a word used to denote grief, pain and sadness following the loss of a loved one. READ MORE Exercise and Fitness Exercise is about revamping your lifestyle, not just weight loss. Exercise to get healthy – that way, you’ll last longer at it and get better results. READ MORE Introduction To Physiotherapy Encyclopedia section of medindia gives general information about Physiotherapy READ MORE Lifestyle Modification: No Big Deal! Simple and practically possible lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in improving our health status without actually putting much effort. READ MORE Tattoos A Body Art Tattoos are a rage among college students who sport it for the ‘cool dude’ or ‘cool babe’ look READ MORE Types of Physiotherapy Physiotherapy is a branch of healthcare science, that mainly concentrates on the physical aspects of an individual's healthcare, by treating their physical ailments. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Drug Interaction Checker Blood - Sugar Chart Diaphragmatic Hernia More News on: Introduction To PhysiotherapyTypes of PhysiotherapyCancer and HomeopathyCancer FactsDeath FactsCancerTattoos A Body ArtBereavementExercise and FitnessLifestyle Modification: No Big Deal!