BEATING CANCER: Exercise may help cancer patients live longer – and lower the risk of developing cancer in first place
October 29, 2019 • 1 min read
-- Exercise is good for health – but you knew that. However, what might come as a surprise is the impact of exercise on lowering the risk of developing cancer, and how it can help cancer patients live longer.
Scientists say updated research shows that physically active people have as much as 69 percent less risk of being diagnosed with certain cancers than sedentary people.
Cancer is the world’s most common major disease, with more than 18 million people globally diagnosed with some form of the condition in 2018.
Exercise seems to be especially potent at lessening the likelihood of developing seven common malignancies, including colon, breast, endometrial, kidney, bladder, oesophageal and stomach cancers.
The American Cancer Society and other international organisations have updated health guidelines to reflect the findings, recommending that people with cancer should exercise at least three times per week at a moderate intensity, such as brisk walking, for at least 30 minutes, and lift weights twice a week.