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    Physical inactivity raises bladder cancer risk

    Researchers have observed an association between a lifetime of inactivity and higher risks for bladder and renal cancers.

    Their findings add to a growing body of evidence that physical inactivity could be an independent risk factor for cancer, according to the study, which was published in the International Journal of Cancer Epidemiology, Detection, and Prevention (2017; 49:24-9).

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    Researchers from Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY conducted a hospital-based case control study of 160 renal cancer patients and 208 bladder cancer patients, compared to 766 age-matched controls without cancer.

    They surveyed the more than 1,100 participants about their health and activity levels. Using multivariable logistic regression analysis, they found that inactivity increased bladder cancer risk by 73% and kidney cancer risk by 77%, independent of obesity.

    Senior author Kirsten Moysich, PhD, MS, of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, told Urology Times that this is the first study to examine physical inactivity in relation to risk of bladder and renal cancers.

    Next: “Our results show that people have to do something—that it is bad for their health if they are completely inactive."

    Lisette Hilton
    Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has written about health care, the science and business of medicine, fitness and wellness ...

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