Study Finds Prolonged Sitting Without Breaks Increases Cancer Risk

Study Finds Prolonged Sitting Without Breaks Increases Cancer Risk

Take one to two minute breaks each hour when sitting

The American Cancer Society is reporting findings of a new cancer study. It seems that prolonged sitting can up the risk of developing cancer. The risk of cancer is impacted by the amount of time spent sitting. What this implies is that even people who are physical active each day can increase their risk of developing cancer by being sedentary for long periods of time.


All-in-all, researchers have estimated that 43,000 cases of cancer of the colon and 49,000 cases of breast cancer can be linked to lack of physical activity. One of the study findings found that 9.3 hours of subjects waking hours were spend sedentary, which including, computer time, television time, and meals. The study was conducted using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute.

Experts note that the human body was not designed to be couch potatoes, sitting for long periods of time.

What Can You Do?

That said, cancer risk key indicators can be reduced by breaking up prolonged sitting sessions with one to two minute breaks. Therefore, just getting up from your seated position for one to two minutes for each hour of sitting could offer some cancer risk protection, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.

What are some ideas to take these breaks when your job requires sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day or more? One idea includes walking to a co-workers desk to discuss an issue instead of sending an email. Another idea includes getting up to go to the water cooler for a cup of water.