Brisk walking 'may reduce cancer risks'

07 June 2017 09:04

Brisk walking may cut the risk of dying from cancer, new research suggests

Brisk walking may cut the risk of dying from cancer, new research suggests

People could lower their chances of dying from cancer by regularly taking a brisk walk, two new reports have suggested.

The studies unveiled at the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) conference in Chicago indicate that exercise could slow the disease's progress down and ultimately lower the risk of an early death.

According to the research, people's health could improve with the help of just 25 minutes of brisk walking each day.

By including whole grains and five portions of fruit and vegetables in their diets, people are also said to boost their prospects.

Patients with bowel and breast cancer were looked at in the two studies.

First study

The first piece of research saw 337 women who were newly diagnosed with breast cancer (and had undergone surgery to remove tumours) split into two groups.

One group received standard care over eight months, while the other followed a programme of 180 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise.

Over the next eight years, follow-up research found that the group who had exercised saw "clear potential to influence survival". People in this group were roughly half as likely to die compared to the other group.

Sandra Haye, senior research fellow at the Queensland University of Technology, who conducted the study, said walking was the most common exercise followed by the participants.

She commented: "Engaging in some activity or exercise is better than none, and doing more is generally better than less."

Second study

Over a period of seven years, the second study followed 992 people with stage three bowel cancer that had begun to spread. They were assessed twice in relation to their lifestyles and diets.

People who followed American Cancer Society guidelines on nutrition and exercise closely were found to have a 42% lower risk of dying.

Travel plans

Living with cancer shouldn't hold people back when it comes to things like summer holidays.

Specialist cancer travel insurance is available to support those with the disease during their time abroad.

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