How sedentary behaviour increases your risk of cancer
If you’re like the average Canadian, you sit for most of the day. A growing body of evidence supports a link between sedentary behaviour and an increased risk of colorectal cancer. The longer a person sits, the higher the risk.
"But I exercise regularly. I must have a lower risk of cancer even though I sit all day in my job."
Being active decreases your risk of cancer, but sedentary behaviour is an independent risk factor. Even if you exercise 30 minutes or more every day, if you’re sedentary for most of your days, you are still at an increased risk for cancer. Sit less. Plan your day to take frequent, short breaks from sitting.