Are you a cancer survivor? Don’t sit on the couch, run!
A recent study showed that being physically active increased survival rates with cancer! Are you a cancer survivor? Do exercise!
Physical activity may improve cancer survival rate with three ways: (1) direct effect on tumor and metastasis, (2) improved treatment completion rates, and (3) improved treatment efficacy.
On the contrary, the combination of a sedentary lifestyle with the lack of physical activity and exercise seems to affect survival after cancer! A study of 1535 people, who survived cancer showed that a sedentary lifestyle, of more than 8 hours a day, and a lack of adequate exercise are associated with an increased risk of death from any cause but also from cancer as compared to those who sat for less than 4 hours.
The sample of 1,535 people was representative of cancer survivors in the United States. They were followed up to 9 years before the data was evaluated.
Chao c et al. Association of daily sitting time and leisure-time physical activity with survival among cancer survivors. JAMA Oncol. Published online January 6, 2022. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2021.6590