Walking 'can reduce cancer threat'

Cancer treatment is becoming more prevalent because people are becoming less active.

Des De Moor, senior everyday walking officer for the Ramblers, said walking has a host of preventative health benefits.

If people take a brisk walk for 30 minutes a day they could reduce their risk of developing some forms of cancer and other major causes of death such as heart disease, explained Mr De Moor.

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) states there is a growing amount of evidence that links people's inactive lifestyles with increasing amounts of cancer incidences.

In order to encourage people to walk more often, the WCRF has launched its Take to the streets initiative.

There has been a 28 per cent decrease in the amount of foot journeys over the last 15 years, according to the WCRF.

Mr De Moor said walking was the perfect form of exercise as it was extremely convenient and accessible for most people.


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