Men diagnosed with prostate cancer may be able to decrease their risk of cancer-related death and to improve their overall outcome by exercising.
Research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology has determined that men with prostate cancer who exercise daily, even for very brief periods, have a lower overall risk of dying from the disease than those who don’t.
In particular, men who got more than three hours of vigorous exercise each week were 61 percent less likely to die from prostate cancer than men who only got mild or moderate exercise.
Also, those who walked for more than 90 minutes each week at a brisk rate had a 46 percent lower chance of dying from any cause, relative to men who walked at an easy rate for less than 90 minutes a week.
The researchers concluded that even small amounts of exercise can improve the prognosis for men diagnosed with prostate cancer, a disease that claims more than 32,000 American men every year, according to the American Cancer Society.
Exercise entails a host of health benefits for mature individuals, including reducing the risk of osteoarthritis, diabetes and neurological degeneration, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.