World Cancer Day: February 4

La imagen muestra un parque con personas disfrutando de su tiempo libre

Cancer is currently one of the most common diseases worldwide and also one of the ones that attracts the most scientific research. It is a multicausal disease, that is, its origin cannot be attributed to a single cause, especially when we take into account the wide range of organs where this disease can develop. However, it is known that in certain types of cancer there is a prevention range related to lifestyle habits. Among these, one of the most studied is the level of physical activity, which can range from sedentary to physically active or very active profiles.

For example, it is known that the risk of bladder cancer is approximately 17% lower in physically active people, both men and women; that moderate to vigorous physical activity prevents endometrial cancer by 20% and gastric cancer by more than 30%; and that sedentary lifestyles have been associated with an increased risk of breast, colon and kidney cancer.

To reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes or hypertension, the World Health Organization recommends a weekly practice of at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of higher intensity physical activity. In terms of hours this would mean dedicating 2.5 hours per week to activities like walking, biking or swimming and less than 1.5 hours if we practice more intense activities such as running, ballroom dancing, paddle, spinning or team sports. Are you up for finding this time?

We from UMSS challenge you to achieve it, we encourage you to do it.

Mª Jesús Casuso-Holgado.

Full Profesor, Physiotherapy Department

University of Seville