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Wednesday
Aug102011

Exercise is "Wonder Drug" for Cancer  

Results of a new UK study suggest that exercise should be the new prescription (versus rest and “taking it easy”) for cancer patients, going so far as calling exercise a “wonder drug.”

The report, "Move More," by Macmillan Cancer Support, said breast cancer patients' danger of the disease recurring could be decreased by 40% if they performed the recommended daily levels of physical exercise. The report added that bowel cancer survivors could reduce their risk by half, and prostate cancer patients by a third, if they exercised regularly. According to Medical News Today online, Ciaran Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, said, “patients would be ‘shocked’ if they knew how much physical activity could help their recovery and long term health.” Read more about the study’s findings here.