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Cancer survivors benefit from exercise

9 August 2011 - 1:57pm

A new study by Macmillan Cancer Support says that cancer survivors may be putting themselves at risk of reoccurring disease by not exercising enough.

In a report entitled Move More, researchers have identified the value of physical activity for maintaining good health over the long term.

Bowel cancer patients can reduce the risk of cancer recurring by up to 50 per cent by undertaking a regular exercise routine.

The report also says that 'significant amounts of physical activity' can also decrease the risk of dying from breast cancer by up to 40 per cent.

Prostate cancer patients were shown to reduce their risk by up to 30 per cent.

Overall, the study has found that patients recovering from all types of cancer can ease the side effects of their treatment, including minimising depression, fatigue and heart disease.

Beating cancer is an enormous struggle, but it is important for patients to maintain healthy lifestyles and obtain assistance wherever they can.

Part of a strong support system is tailored private health cover, with a range of benefits that can assist in diagnosis, treatment - as well as help you stay active throughout the recovery process.