Exercise in cancer

There's abundant evidence that exercise and eating well can help us age well and prevent or delay many diseases.

Exercise and Cancer

There's abundant evidence that exercise and eating well can help us age well and prevent or delay many diseases. The latest information shows that exercise for cancer patients can also lower the risk of cancer recurring.

Several recent studies suggest that higher levels of physical activity (150 minutes per week) are associated with a reduced risk of cancer coming back, and a longer survival after a cancer diagnosis. In studies of several different cancers, being overweight after completing treatment was associated with shorter survival times and higher risk of cancer recurrence.

Women who exercise after completing breast cancer treatment  live longer and have less recurrence, according to recent evidence. Colorectal cancer  survivors who exercised lived longer than those who didn't, two recent clinical trials showed.

Some other benefits are:

  • An increased level of fitness
  • Greater muscle strength
  • Leaner body mass
  • Improvement in mood
  • Boosted self-confidence
  • Reduction in fatigue

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