January 19, 2018

Will Exercise For Prostate Cancer

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A recent study found that the risk of dying from prostate cancer can be significantly reduced through regular exercise

If you could reduce your risk of dying from prostate cancer just by exercising, would you? Researchers are now saying it can cut the risk of death if you do just that.

A study was done by the University of California-San Francisco and the Harvard School of Public Health. The research was conducted over 18 years as they watched the records of 2,705 men who wrote down all the physical activities that they participated in and for how long. Activities such as walking, biking, swimming and even some outdoor work were recorded and tracked.

What researchers found was that men that did any exercise fared better than those who did none at all. Better than that, if they chose vigorous exercise for just 3 hours or more a week, they lowered their risk of death by 61%. Those that did more moderate exercise still lowered their rate by 46%.

The study showed that it wasn’t just death due to prostate cancer, but those that exercised regularly reduced the risk of death by any disease. Those that already had a regular exercise schedule before the diagnosis of prostate cancer had a much higher survival rate if they continued exercising even after the diagnosis.

Findings like this are encouraging since prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers among American men.

The study has been published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.