Exercise may help prolong the life of men with prostate cancer. This is the finding from a new study, published in the online edition of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The study was carried out by researchers at the Harvard School of Public health and the University of California, San Francisco.
The researchers studied information on 2,705 men diagnosed with prostate cancer, in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, over a period of 18 years. The men taking part in the study recorded how much time they spent each week, on average, carrying out physical activity such as outdoor work and sports including walking, running, swimming, bicycling etc.
“Our results suggest that men can reduce their risk of prostate cancer progression after a diagnosis of prostate cancer by adding physical activity to their daily routine,” said Stacey Kenfield, a Harvard School of Public Health researcher and lead author of the study. “This is good news for men living with prostate cancer who wonder what lifestyle practices to follow to improve cancer survival.”
The study results showed that the men didn’t have to perform at the level of athletes to make a difference. Gentle and vigorous exercise was of benefit to overall survival. But as you might expect, vigorous exercise produced greater results. Men who walked for 90 minutes or more per week, at a normal to very brisk rate had a 46 percent lower risk of dying of prostate cancer than men who walked at an easy pace for less than 90 minutes a week.
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