More 'Sitting Kills' News: It Raises Colon Cancer Risk

Being single doesn't help much, either: Studies
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2011 12:45 PM CDT
Married people have better luck fighting colon cancer, a new study suggests.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – Two unrelated bits of news today on colon cancer:

  • Stand up: In another sitting-is-bad-for-you study, Australian scientists say people who worked 10 years or more in sedentary jobs had twice the risk of colon cancer as those who never had a sit-all-day job, along with a 44% increased risk of rectal cancer. (Even if they were diligent exercisers outside work.) Details on the two-year study in the American Journal of Epidemiology are at the Wall Street Journal.

  • Get married: Brigham Young researchers say married people have a 14% lower risk of death from colon cancer than single patients. Among other things, married people were more likely to have the disease diagnosed early. The exact cause-and-effect isn't clear, but researchers figure the extra attention and TLC from spouses pays off. Details at the Salt Lake City Tribune.

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