Some exciting new research published in the Journal of Physiology suggests that exercise may play a role in reducing the growth of colon cancer cells.
Researchers at the Universities of Queensland and Waterloo in Canada had colon cancer survivors participate in either one session of high intensity interval training (HIIT) or 12 sessions over four weeks.
We have shown that exercise may play a role in inhibiting the growth of colon cancer cells.
Blood samples were collected either immediately after the single session, or at the conclusion of the four weeks of training to study the growth of the colon cancer cells.
Lead author of the research, James Devin, said, "We have shown that exercise may play a role in inhibiting the growth of colon cancer cells. After an acute bout of HIIT there were specific increases in inflammation immediately after exercise, which are hypothesized to be involved in reducing the number of cancer cells."
Important to note though: the method used to model the colon cancer cells in the laboratory is very different to how they grow in the body.
The fight against colon and other cancers is ongoing of course, but this research is exciting and we should look for more results of research down this path in the future.