Cancer: Fitness Pays Off (Again)

Being fit can reduce your risk of dying from a painful death, according to new study in JAMA Oncology.

The Numbers: Middle-agers with a high level of cardiovascular fitness reduced the risk of colorectal cancer by 44% and lung cancer by 55%. Among those diagnosed with cancer at Medicare age, the fittest among the group had a 68% reduction in cardiovascular disease mortality.

"Even a small improvement in fitness… made a significant difference in survival—reducing the risks of dying from cancer and cardiovascular disease by 10 and 25%," said researcher Susan G. Lakoski, of the University of Vermont.

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