Prolonged sitting at work doubles the risk of prostate cancer

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Sitting more than eight hours a day can increase prostate cancer risk by 20 percent, a new study shows. Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science studied cancer rates in 38,000 adults over the past 16 years and found that those who used to sit for a long time at work were 20 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer.

“There is a close link between sitting for long hours and getting many cancers, including prostate, lung, colon and rectum,” said Dr. Vigar Rangul, lead author of the study.

Dr Rangol advised men to exercise moderately on a daily basis to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

The results of the study stressed the importance of reducing sitting time and increase physical activity, and not sit for more than an hour continuously.

Despite the findings from the study, however, scientists stress the need for further research in this regard to discover the link between prolonged sitting and prostate cancer, according to the site “Metro”.

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