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Exercise improves outcomes with prostate cancer

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There has been a great deal of interest in the value of exercise in dealing with cancer. A recent study has linked exercise to improved prostate cancer outcomes, reported Science World Report on Jan. 20, 2014. A new study has found an association between exercise and an improvement in outcomes for men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer.

It was observed by researchers that men who engaged in vigorous physical activity prior to being diagnosed with prostate cancer had more regularly shaped blood vessels in the prostate tumors, which was associated with a slowing down of the cancer aggressiveness. This study has highlighted the finding that men who engaged in fast-pace walking had a lower risk of cancer recurrence as well as mortality in comparison to men who were involved in limited or no physical activity. The exact mechanism underlying this finding has been unclear.

Erin Van Blarigan,Sc.D., assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Fransico, has said, "Our findings suggest a possible mechanism by which exercise may improve outcomes in men with prostate cancer." However, he has also said controlled trials are needed before it can be concluded that exercise causes a change in vessel regularity or clinical outcomes in men with prostate cancer. Still, the study supports the growing evidence of the benefits of exercise, such as brisk walking, for men suffering from prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is the most common noncutaneous cancer found in men in the United States, reports Medscape. During their lifetime about 1 in 6 white men and 1 in 5 African American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. The likelihood of being diagnosed with prostate cancer increases with age. The finding that exercise improves treatment outcomes with prostate cancer is significant.



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