Neighborhood “Walkability” Linked To Lower Cancer Risk
Obesity is linked to an increased risk of 13 types of cancer in women; physical activity has been shown to lower the risk for some of them. Now, an investigation by researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and NYU Grossman School of Medicine has found that living in a more walkable neighborhood can reduce the risk of obesity-related cancers in women, including postmenopausal breast cancer, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, and multiple myeloma. Data was gathered from a study that followed over 14,000 women for approximately 24 years. Those residing in the most walkable neighborhoods had a 26 percent lower risk of obesity-related cancers. What’s more, the study found that the association between high neighborhood walkability and reduced cancer risk was more pronounced in neighborhoods with higher poverty levels, indicating that socioeconomic factors may also play a role in cancer risk.
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