Study finds lower prostate cancer death rate for physically active men

Jan 31, 2011

Staying active to keep cancer at bay

After a diagnosis of prostate cancer, it may be a good idea for men to get as much physical exercise as possible, according to the results of a study published in the most recent issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Research associate Stacey Kernfeld, the study's lead author, told HealthDay News the scientists had broken new ground in their efforts.

"This is the first study in men with prostate cancer to evaluate physical activity after diagnosis in relation to prostate cancer-specific mortality and overall mortality," Kernfeld said.

The study found that men who walked 90 or more minutes per week at a normal to very brisk pace were 46 percent less likely to die of any cause and 61 percent less likely to die of prostate cancer than those who did not.

The results could mean lower health and life insurance rates for the physically active, as evidence for the across-the-board benefits of exercise continue to mount. Most experts recommend at least three half-hour exercise sessions per week to stay in good health.

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