What exercise does to cancer
We all know the benefits of exercising; it keeps weight down, strengthens your immune system, and helps keep your heart healthy. But exercise is a powerful tool to not only prevent cancer but also improve your chances of survival if you have been diagnosed with cancer. It can even reduce the risk of cancer reoccurring.
According to a study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, these are just some of the cancer-related benefits that come from exercise:
- Men and women who are physically active reduce their risk of colon cancer by 30 to 40 percent, compared to those who do not exercise.
- Women who are physically active decrease their risk of breast cancer by 20 to 30 percent, compared with inactive women.
- Men and women who exercise in their early years have a lower risk of cancer later in life.
Studies also show that the more you exercise, the more benefits you will experience. How? Exercise increases the flow of adrenaline, which helps circulate natural killer (NK) immune cells into tumors in the lung, liver, and skin, where they kill and eliminate cancerous cells.
Cancer prevention by exercise
Many other medical sources have shown that exercise helps reduce your risk of a variety of different cancers, including colon, bowel, lung, prostate, breast, and liver. These sources also point to the fact that exercise will help increase your chance of survival, even when you are diagnosed with cancer. In addition, exercise has been shown to minimize the side effects of conventional cancer therapy, and improve the quality of life for cancer patients.
[Source] The Minority/ Black Health Blog
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