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June 2002 Issue

Being Physically Fit Improves Cancer Odds

The more fit men are, the less the risk of dying from cancer—whether or not they smoke—say researchers at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas and at the University of Minnesota, who followed nearly 26,000 men, ages 30 to 87, for an average of 10 years. Men with the best cardiorespiratory fitness, as determined by a treadmill test, had 55% less risk of dying from cancer than men who were the least fit. Moderately

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