Study Reveals More Exercise Can Help Reduce Risk of Prostate Cancer Death
Nearly one in seven men in the United States will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime, reports the American Cancer Society. Researchers previously found increased exercise can reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer, but a new study from Sweden found a similar connection in patients diagnosed with the disease.
The study, published in the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention medical journal, analyzed health data from 4,623 men diagnosed with localized prostate cancer between 1997 and 2002. The men were part of the National Prostate Cancer Register of Sweden Follow-up Study and monitored until 2012.
During the study, researchers monitored the participant’s diet and exercise levels, as well as participant mortality. There were 561 deaths during the follow-up period, 194 from prostate cancer. Compared to men who did not, the men who engaged in light exercise such as walking or cycling for 20 or more minutes per day were 30 percent less likely to die from any cause and 39 percent less likely to die from prostate cancer.
The data came only from men who were alive in 2007, which meant that it included those with less aggressive forms of prostate cancer. Still, research has shown that regular physical activity can decrease the risk of developing many disabling conditions, including several types of potentially fatal cancers.
The American Cancer Society reports that there will be approximately 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer diagnosed by the end of 2014, and 29,480 men will lose their lives to the disease. Diet and exercise, along with early detection and treatment, have been the best methods to combat this often fatal condition.
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