The Scottish Cancer Prevention Network has invited members, colleagues and regular SCPN newsletter contributors to recommend what they have been reading on cancer prevention during 2016. We’ve asked each one to recommend the paper they thought would be most valuable to share. This, the last paper in our series, has been nominated by Ann Gates BPharm(Hons) MRPharmS, World Heart Federation Emerging Leader’s Programme 2014-2017, Associate Editor for The British Journal of Sports Medicine, Founder and CEO of Exercise Works!

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Title: Association of Leisure-Time Physical Activity with Risk of 26 Types of Cancer in 1.44 Million Adults

Authors: Steven C. Moore, PhD, MPHI-Min Lee, MBBS, ScDElisabete Weiderpass, PhD et al

Weblink: http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/2521826

Why is this paper important?

This paper is a landmark article in that it demonstrated that leisure time physical activity can help to reduce the risk of cancer. It also opens the way for health sectors to move away from a “gym-centric” approach to physical activity interventions.

Main take home messages

By emphasising the important opportunities for health care professionals in counselling patients on the value and benefits of leisure time physical activity it also helps to signpost patients to local, inclusive, diverse options to enjoy physical activity for health!

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We’ll be sharing Papers of the Year throughout December – keep an eye out on our Twitter feed for more updates. Each of the papers will be available here as they are posted.

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