Following a moderate or intense exercise programme isn't just good for relieving stress and mental tension, losing and controlling your weight, keeping your heart healthy, cutting your risk of some cancers and strengthening your joints and bones...
According to a new study by The American Cancer Society that was presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in New Orleans, regular exercise may improve a man's odds of surviving prostate cancer, too! Read on for the full scoop.
Study finds link between moderate to intense exercise and better odds of surviving prostate cancer
Ying Wang, a senior epidemiologist at the cancer
society’s epidemiology research programme, led the study.
Wang and her team looked at more than 10,000 men between ages 50 and 93. Between 1992 and 2011, the men were diagnosed with localised prostate cancer
, which means that the cancer
hadn’t spread beyond their prostate
gland. The team also took down information on the men’s physical activity before and after their diagnosis.
One man is diagnosed with prostate cancer every 3 minutes.
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They found that the men who exercised most regularly before they were diagnosed with prostate cancer were 30% less likely to die of the disease compared to those who exercised the least. Furthermore, they tied more exercise to an even larger benefit: Men who exercised the most after their diagnosis were 34% less likely to die of prostate cancer than those who did the least exercise.
Although the study proved a relationship between moderate to intense exercise and better chance of prostate cancer survival, it didn’t prove cause and effect. That said, Wang reported in a news release that, “our results support evidence that prostate cancer survivors should adhere to physical activity guidelines, and suggest that physicians should consider promoting a physically active lifestyle to their prostate cancer patients.”
American Cancer Society 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of intense exercise per week
Wondering just how much exercise you need to do to cut your risk of dying of prostate cancer? Wang reported, “The American Cancer Society recommends adults engage in a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity per week,” Wang said. “These results indicate that following these guidelines might be associated with better prognosis.”
According to other studies, regular exercise may boost your odds of surviving other cancers, too, including breast, colon and lung cancer. What are you waiting for? Time to hit the gym!
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