Thursday, November 25, 2010

Exercise May Cuts Men's Cancer Death Risk

Men who take normal moderate exercise have a 34 per cent lower chance of being killed by cancer than those who do not, according to a study from the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet.
In this study, the researchers looked at the effect of physical activity and cancer risk in 40,708 men aged between 45 and 79. Over the seven year period of the revision, published in the British Journal of Cancer, 3,714 men developed cancer and 1,153 died from the disease.
Men who walked or cycled for at least 30 minutes a day had an increased survival from cancer with 33 per cent, than the men who exercised less or did not anything at all. The researchers also found that a more extensive programme of walking and cycling for stuck between 60 and 90 minutes and a day, led to a l6 per cent lower incidence of cancer.
But these activities only led to a five per cent decrease in cancer rates among the men who walked or cycled for 30 minutes day, a finding which could be due to chance. The researchers surveyed men from two counties in central Sweden about their way of life and the amount of physical activity they did. They scored these responses and compared the results with data formally recorded in a central cancer registry over a seven year period.
“These results show for the first time, the change that daily exercise has in reducing cancer death risk in men aged between 45 and 79", said Professor Alicja Wolk, who lead the study. “We looked at more reasonable exercise such as housework, undertaken over a longer period of time and found that this also reduced men’s chances of dying from the disease."

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