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The Link Between Prostate Cancer and Exercise

admin - July 18, 2012

It’s nothing new that exercise can do a body good. Now researchers have found that a workout may be beneficial in yet another way.

Although being diagnosed with prostate cancer may feel like a terrifying, hopeless situation, it’s nice to know there are things you can do to stop the spread of the cancer and prolong your life. This video highlights the findings of a study conducted and published by the journal Cancer Research that links vigorous exercise to more than just weight loss or strong muscles.  The study shows the amazing connection between exercise and prostate cancer and how men may be able to stop their prostate cancer from spreading.

Do you or does someone you know have prostate cancer? Watch this video to learn what you can do to stop it from spreading. The video can also be found on Life Line Screening’s YouTube channel. For those without video capability, the text is provided below.

Prostate Walk

Here is the audio text to the video:

“Going for a walk may be a healthy response to learning that you have prostate cancer.

In a recent study from the journal Cancer Research, experts found that walking, when done quickly enough, may help bring good news for men with prostate cancer.

The researchers included 1,455 men who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer that hadn’t spread. The men answered a survey about their physical activity about two years after their diagnosis but before they had any signs that the cancer had returned.

Men who walked briskly for at least three hours a week were 57 percent less likely to see their prostate cancer progress than men who walked at a slow pace for less than three hours weekly.

These findings come on the heels of another study from the same researchers that found that men who exercise vigorously after being diagnosed with prostate cancer had a lower risk of dying of the disease.

Although three hours of weekly walking may sound like a lot of effort, it breaks down to just 26 minutes a day. Of course men with prostate cancer should discuss any exercise plans with their healthcare provider.

I’m doctor Cindy Haines with HealthDay TV with the news doctors are reading, news that matters to you.”


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