A new study reveals that regular exercise – both during as well as after cancer diagnosis, can help in improving the overall chances of survival. The study also found that over 5,800 patients in the United States having the range of early to late cancer stages, and who had the habit of exercising at least 3-4 times a week before & after the diagnosis, had around 40 percent lesser risk of death due to cancer. However, the researchers also observed that the survival gains were higher even for the patients who started exercising just after the disease diagnosis.
Rikki Cannioto – a leading First Authors, says, “Patients who were reported having never done regular exercise until cancer diagnosis had cut around 25-28 percent risks of death in comparison to those who were completely inactive.” Rikki is also a leading Assistant Professor in the Oncology Department at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, New York.
The participants of the study had blood, neck, breast, liver, stomach, and other forms of cancers. There were also participants having colon, thyroid, cervical, brain, or skin cancer. As per the researchers, the strongest connection between regular exercise and improved chances of survival after cancer diagnosis was commonly observed with 8 major types of cancers – breast, colon, ovarian, bladder, prostate, endometrial, skin, and esophageal. In a news release, Rikki said, “The results of the study only strengthen the importance of doing exercise on a daily basis. Regular bits of exercise is better than complete inactivity.”
The findings of the study found that low to moderate levels of exercising on a weekly basis being associated with reduced risks of death due to cancer is increasingly encouraging. Rikky said in a statement that given the study results, the cancer patients could be encouraged to infuse activity in their routine by doing exercise at least 3-4 times a week. The study was recently published in the Cancer Causes & Control Journal.
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