Cancer patients who exercise HALVE their risk of death.

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We all know exercise is good for us. A recent study found that physical exercise significantly increases the life expectancy of those stricken with cancer.

The study revealed, men who beat cancer and burned more than 12,600 calories a week exercising almost halved their risk of death. The research supports a previous study that found the most physically active cancer survivors are much less likely to die of cancer or heart disease.

The study was done by a group of scientist from the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. 1,021 men with an average age of 71 who’d previously been diagnosed with cancer were studied. The results showed, by exercising and burning 12,600 calories each week these men were 48% less likely to die than those that did little exercise and expended less than 2,100 calories per week.

The study was published in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health.

Co-author of the study, Dr. Kathleen Wolin explained that many cancer survivors are living longer due to early diagnosis, better treatment and change of lifestyle [from sedantary to physically active].

While there has been plenty of research that shows regular exercise boosts the life expectancy of healthy people, this study is among the few that shows exercise also extended the life of cancer survivors.

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