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Exercise Cuts Risk of Prostate Cancer in Men

by Savitha C Muppala on January 6, 2011 at 8:08 PM
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 Exercise Cuts Risk of Prostate Cancer in Men

Researchers are of the opinion that men who exercise regularly can reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 50%.

Harvard School of Public Health and the University of California researchers were involved in an in-depth study, where they evaluated the data of 2,705 men diagnosed with the disease. The details of physical activity of the participants each week were also tabulated.

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The study found that those men who engaged in vigorous activity benefitted by  a 61 per cent lower risk of  death due to prostate cancer than those who exercised for  less than an hour  a week.

Researcher Stacey Kenfield said: 'This is good news for men living with prostate cancer who wonder what lifestyle practices to follow to improve cancer survival. However, doing vigorous activity for three or more hours per week may be especially beneficial for prostate cancer, as well as overall health.'

Dr Helen Rippon, of The Prostate Cancer Charity, said: 'If the results from this study of 2,705 men could be applied to all men with prostate cancer, the effect could be as significant as reducing the risk of death by more than half.'

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