The link between hormones and exercise and how it lowers your risk of cancer.

14 Apr 2023

Did you know that exercise can help lower the risk of some of the most diagnosed cancers.

Since inception, Can Too Foundation have been passionately promoting the need for people to take charge of their lifestyle through physical activity to help reduce the risk of cancer. Now, new recently published research findings have shown that exercise shrinks the risk of around a dozen cancers, with the strongest evidence for bowel, breast, bladder, gastric, oesophageal, prostate and endometrial cancers.

According to Cancer Council, extra weight and obesity causes account for nearly 5300 cases across Australia. Too much fat makes insulin’s ability to control blood sugar more difficult, requiring the pancreas to pump more insulin. This results in elevated levels of IGF-1, a hormone that has been linked to an increased risk of cancer.

By exercising frequently, even for 30 minutes, the body produces IL-6, a protein that aids in the repair of damaged cells.  

But its all not just about weight…

High levels of sex hormones produced by fat tissue, such as oestrogen and androgens, have also been linked to cancer such as prostate, endometrial, ovarian and breast cancer.

Read more about the link between exercise and hormones here.

Can Too's core passion is encouraging local communities to engage in daily exercise, whether it's going for a swim, run, or walk. It's an important part of who we are.

If you are interested in joining a Can Too Program, click here to view the training calendar.