Most People Don’t Know This: Not Getting Enough Exercise Ups Your Cancer Risk


Getting too little exercise is tied to an increased risk of cancer — but according to a new study, most people in the U.S. don’t know this.

In the study, researchers found that only about 3 percent of adults surveyed were aware that low levels of physical activity could raise cancer risk, according to the findings, published today (Aug. 9) in the Journal of Health Communication.

The findings are concerning, because people who are unaware of this link tend to be less motivated to engage in physical activity, said lead study author Erika Waters, an associate professor in the Division of Public Health Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.

In the study, the researchers surveyed about 360 adults in the U.S. The average age of the study participant was 47. In the survey, the participants were asked to name three illnesses caused by failing to get enough physical activity, only 44 percent of…

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