The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute announced the results of a study that found that regular exercise could lower the risk of recurrence or death by up to 50% in people with early colon cancer.
Jeffrey Meyerhardt, M.D., M.P.H., and his colleagues from the Institute, collected information on leisure time activity from stage III colon cancer patients 12-18 months after they underwent surgery. The researchers found that people who exercised the most had a reduced rate of recurrence and death for up to 3 years after treatment.
Previously, it had been found that exercise lowered the risk of colon cancer; this study showed that individuals with the disease could also benefit from exercising.
The study was presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting.
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