Although there are seemingly countless areas of society about which people disagree, even to the point of contentious debates at times, one contemporary issue that garners unity is the global fight against cancer. It is ongoing and yields inspiring efforts of solidarity in numerous fields of industry within the private sector.

While the search for cures continues, one well-documented method for lowering the risk of getting certain types of cancer also appears to be growing, namely, consistent exercise. There have been plenty of studies that reveal findings of this nature. One of the most recent examples comes from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, according to an article last week from Medical News Today.

Story author and Dr. Catherine Paddock summarized the research findings, writing:

A recent study of a large and diverse group of people supports the idea that being physically fit can help protect against cancer.

Physically fit people may be at lower risk of developing some types of cancer.

Working with the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI, researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, saw how the fittest adults had the lowest risk of lung and colorectal cancer.

Their analysis also linked higher fitness before diagnosis to better survival among those who did develop lung or colorectal cancer.

The study used data on 49,143 health system patients who had undergone exercise stress tests of fitness between 1991 and 2009.

The composition of the group was 46% female, 64% white, 29% black, and 1% Hispanic. 

The researchers believe that this is the first time that such a study has included women and covered such a large proportion of individuals who were not white.

“Our findings,” says first study author Dr. Catherine Handy Marshall, who is an assistant professor of oncology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, “are one of the first, largest, and most diverse cohorts to look at the impact of fitness on cancer outcomes.”

While studies of this nature may feel familiar at times and even banal to some, the adjusted variables on display here are helpful for continued refinement of the information wrought from the continued testing.

To read Paddock’s full writeup, click here.