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News2008November › Cancer: A good night's sleep and exercise can reduce the risk › November 2008

Cancer: A good night's sleep and exercise can reduce the risk

Simple lifestyle improvements - such as a good night's sleep and regular exercise - may be all it takes to dramatically reduce your chances of getting cancer

Simple lifestyle improvements - such as a good night's sleep and regular exercise - may be all it takes to dramatically reduce your chances of getting cancer.


Regular exercise 'significantly' reduces the risk of cancer, as does a seven-hour sleep, say researchers. Overall, a healthy lifestyle can reduce your chances of developing cancer by 20 per cent, or one-fifth.


Researchers from the US National Cancer Institute emphasise the importance of seven hours' sleep. A disturbed and sleepless night can undo all the good achieved from exercise.


The research team analysed the lifestyles of around 6,000 women over a 10-year period, during which time 604 developed cancer, and 186 of these with breast cancer. Women who regularly suffered a sleepless night were 47 per cent more likely to develop cancer.


(Source: American Association for Cancer Research Seventh Annual International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, Washington, D.C., Nov. 16-18, 2008).


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