Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine (colon).
Most of the colon cancer starts from small, benign clumps of cells called polyps.
However, some polyps can become colon cancers over time.
In a new study, researchers found exercise could help reduce the growth of colon cancer.
They found that a short session of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) reduced the growth of colon cancer cells.
The research was conducted by researchers from the University of Queensland and the University of Waterloo.
Previous studies have shown that taking exercise for a long time could bring health benefits to the body.
But it is unknown if a single session of HIIT, an exercise regime involving short, high energy bursts, could also benefit people’s health.
In the current study, the team examined colorectal cancer survivors who complete either a single session of HIIT or 12 sessions over 4 weeks.
They collected blood samples of the participants either immediately after the single session of exercise or at rest after 4 weeks of training to see the growth of cancer cells.
The researchers found that after the short session of HIIT, the growth of colon cancer cells was reduced.
In addition, the exercise increased indicators of inflammation, which the researchers suggest may play a role in reducing colon cancer cells.
The findings suggest that doing short, intense exercise may contribute to the fight against colon cancer.
exercise may play a role in inhibiting the growth of colon cancer cells
It reinforces the importance of taking exercise regularly and maintaining an active lifestyle.
One limitation of the study is that the growth of colon cancer cells was examined in the laboratory, not in the human body.
Future research needs to translate these findings into human tumors.
The lead author of the study is James Devin.
The study is published in The Journal of Physiology.
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Further reading: The Journal of Physiology.