Study: Brisk Walking May Help Prostate Cancer Patients

A new study on brisk walking gives hope to men diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer.

Men can improve their recovery if they walk briskly for at least three hours every week after their diagnosis, according to researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and Harvard School of Public Health.

“It appears that men who walk briskly after their diagnosis may delay or even prevent progression of their disease,” said lead researcher Erin Richman, in a news release.

Those who walked at least 3 miles per hour or more every week were 57 percent less likely to need a second round of treatment or to develop the biochemical markers of cancer recurrence, the study found.

“The benefit from walking truly depended on how quickly you walked,” Richman said. “Walking at an easy pace did not seem to have any benefit.”

Richman said the study adds to the mounting evidence that suggests walking regularly may prevent problems like heart disease and certain cancers.

“Walking is something everyone can and should do to improve their health,” she said.

More than 1,450 men who had early-state prostate cancer participated in the study, to be published in the June edition of Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

More than 2.2 million men in the United States have prostate cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death among men, according to health statistics.

Source: American Association for Cancer Research

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