Cancer diagnoses linked to physical inactivity three times greater than previously estimated 

Researchers have released a report that estimates 4.8% of cancer diagnoses in 2015 can be attributed to physical inactivity. This was previously estimated to be 1.6%.

An estimated 1.9% of cancers could have been prevented if Australian adults increased physical activity by 40 minutes per week.

Primary health providers play a key role in promoting physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour to their patients. GPs and nurses are well placed to provide general physical activity advice based on an individual’s circumstances and refer on to allied health professionals as needed.

Some useful resources to support patients can be found here: