The benefits of exercise in conquering cancer forever


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9 May 2017

Some exercise for pleasure, some exercise for sport, and some exercise to prevent cancer!

Surgeons attending the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in Adelaide this week have seen studies that show regular exercise can improve cancer-related fatigue, reduce psychological distress and improve quality of life for the cancer survivor.

According to Melbourne surgeon Meron Pitcher of Western Health, exercise may even reduce the risk of developing new cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.

"In breast, colon and prostate cancer there is increasing evidence that exercise can protect against reoccurrence and reduce cancer-specific causes of mortality," Ms Pitcher said.

According to the study findings, survival rates after a cancer diagnosis continue to grow but with higher survival rates, the number of those living with the consequences of cancer treatment increases.

Side effects of cancer treatment include pain, anxiety and fatique along with a multitude of other issues.

Ms Pitcher said that too many survivors suffer in silence, and that exercise may well be the key to a better quality of life.

"As surgeons we should be informing our patients of the benefits of exercise and encourage them into appropriate programs," Ms Pitcher said.

Meron Pitcher's presentation explored the benefits of exercise for cancer survivors and the statistics that show the rates of cancer reoccurance if exercise is not factored in.

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