Physical Exercise Improves Cancer Treatment

At least two-and-a-half hours of physical exercise every week is recommended for cancer patients in order to cut the risk of recurrence, a report by Macmillan Cancer Support shows. According to the BBC, exercise and movement reduces the risk of dying from cancer and minimizes the side effects of treatment.

Macmillan’s report shows that the large majority of cancer survivors in the United Kingdom are still subscribing to the outdated view that a lot of resting is needed after treatment. Of the two million cancer survivors in the U.K., nearly 1.6 million are not reaching the recommended levels of physical activity, the report said.

“The evidence review shows that physical exercise does not increase fatigue during treatment, and can in fact boost energy after treatment,” Macmillan said. “It can also lower their chances of getting heart disease and osteoporosis. Also, doing recommended levels of physical activity may reduce the chance of dying from the disease. It may also help reduce the risk of the cancer coming back.”

The group recommends that both cancer patients and survivors ought to perform at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week in order to overcome the effects of cancer and its treatments. Most physical activity is safe to perform while undergoing cancer treatment, the BBC said, and can work to reduce fatigue and weight gain.

Exercise greatly improves recurrence rates of cancer as well. The risk of developing breast cancer again is reduced by 40 percent, and prostate cancer risk falls by up to 30 percent in undertaking the recommended levels of activity.

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