You may know this already, but we have now more proof that physically activity reduces significantly your risk of tumor recurrence.
The study conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Meyerhardt from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute began in January 1986, included 668 men who’d been treated for stage I, stage II or stage III colon cancer that had not spread (nonmetastatic cancer).
Every two years, the men were sent questionnaires that asked them about any new cancer and disease diagnoses, as well as their physical activity. A metabolic equivalent task (MET) score was matched to each type of physical activity, with exercises that burned more energy receiving higher MET scores.
During the study period, which ended in January 2006, 258 of the participants died, including 88 who died from colon cancer. The results show that men who were physically active after diagnosis of nonmetastatic colorectal cancer experienced a significantly decreased risk of colorectal cancer-specific death, as well as death from any cause. This benefit was independent of age, disease stage, body mass index and tumor location and from the pre-diagnosis physical activity.
This manuscript was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine on December 14. These data show that physical activity will help in your fight against colon cancer for anyone.
Turn off your TV and start exercising.