Research shows that regular physical activity over your lifetime protects against colon cancer.
Physical activity is also one of the best ways to get to and maintain a healthy weight. People who are overweight or obese are at greater risk for cancer of the breast, colon and rectum, esophagus, kidney, pancreas and uterus.
At least 30 minutes of moderate activity a day can make a difference. In addition to protecting against colon cancer, research so far tells us that getting active may also be able to reduce risk of breast, lung and uterine cancers.