Recent research has found that exercise and physical activity can help prevent some cancers and help some cancer survivors live longer. The information was released in a report, Exercise Guidelines for Cancer Survivors. The panel of researchers found that cancer related symptoms may be affected by performing moderate aerobic exercise, resistance training or both.
The evidence based recommendations include:
- Exercise, for all adults, is important for cancer prevention. It lowers the risk of seven common types of cancer: colon, breast, endometrial, kidney, bladder, esophagus, and stomach.
- Exercising after being diagnosed with breast, colorectal, or prostate cancer may help reduce the chance of recurrence and improve survival.
- Exercise during and after cancer treatment improves fatigue, anxiety, depression, physical function, and quality of life and does not exacerbate lymphedema.
Other findings include:
- When it comes to prevention, higher levels of physical activity are...