Binge-watch TV lead to increased bowel cancer risk in men, study

Men who binge watch TV are at more risk.

A vintage orange TV
A vintage orange TV

Bowel cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in UK men. In the UK there were around 41,800 newly diagnosed cases of bowel cancer in men and women in 2015.

Scientists from the Imperial College London, have now figured out one more cause of it. They suggest, sitting down to binge watch more than four hours of TV over a day could increase the risk of bowel cancer.

By investigating the link between sedentary behavior and bowel cancer risk, scientists broke down information from the greater part a million men and ladies and found that men who invested less energy before the TV were additionally more averse to create entrail growth further down the road.

They also found that an expansion in the physical movement was related to bringing down colon malignancy hazard in men. Be that as it may, intriguingly, they found no connection between PC screen time and entrail malignancy hazard.

Dr. Neil Murphy, lead researcher based at IARC in France, said: “Previous research suggests that watching TV may be associated with other behaviors, such as smoking, drinking and snacking more, and we know that these things can increase the risk of bowel cancer.

“Being sedentary is also associated with weight gain and greater body fat. Excess body fat may influence the blood levels of hormones and other chemicals which affect the way our cells grow and can increase bowel cancer risk.”

Professor Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UK’s prevention expert, said: “This study poses interesting questions such as why screen time from computers didn’t increase the risk of bowel cancer but watching TV did. There is evidence that greater exposure to TV junk food adverts increases the likelihood of eating more, which will also increase your chances of becoming overweight.

“It’s interesting that only men who watched a lot of TVs had an increased risk of bowel cancer, but not women. The study didn’t look at this directly, but it could be because men might smoke, drink and eat more unhealthily than women while watching TV.

“We’ll need further research to answer the questions this study raises. What we do know is that keeping a healthy weight, cutting back on alcohol, being physically active and eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables are known to cut your risk of bowel cancer.”

The research was published in the British Journal of Cancer.