Cancer and Exercise | Personal Training in Bellevue and Kirkland

For over 10 years research has been showing that exercise helps protect against getting many different kinds of cancer! And, research is also showing that regular activity is linked to increasing life expectancy even after a cancer diagnosis, as it helps stop the cancer from recurring.

Indeed, taking an active approach to fighting cancer is the best approach, as physical activity is associated with a lower risk of developing at least 13 types of cancer. Research has found that exercise lowered cancer risk in colon, breast, endometrial, esophageal, liver, kidney and myeloid leukemia cancers, among others.

Exercise also improves the chances of a cancer patient who is living, due to its’ influence on tumor suppression genes, inflammation, and hormone levels. Additionally exercise has mental AND physical benefits for the patient: less fatigue, more energy, fewer hospital stays/doctor visits, and higher self esteem.

One of the biggest take aways: NOT exercising is a risk factor for cancer, just like smoking!!

Colorectal Cancer: Men and women who are active have a 30-40% lower risk of developing cancer, compared with inactive individuals. Estimated need of exercise in order to avoid this type of cancer is 30-60 minutes of moderate/intense exercise each day.

Breast Cancer: Women who are active have a 20-30% reduction in risk. Again, the recommended ‘dose’ of exercise is 30-60 minutes a day.

Lung Cancer: Exercise doesn’t reduce mortality risk as much as it does with breast cancer, but there is still a 20% risk reduction.

Prostate Cancer: Though exercise does NOT reduce the risk of prostate cancer, unfortunately, a vigorous exercise program can definitely slow the progression of prostate cancer, especially in men over 65.



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