9 May 2017
Some exercise for pleasure, some exercise for sport, and some
exercise to prevent cancer!
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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
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
"As surgeons we should be informing our patients of the benefits
of exercise and encourage them into appropriate programs," Ms
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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