Prostate cancer patients 'should exercise regularly'

Posted on 02 June 2011

All men diagnosed with prostate cancer should exercise regularly, according to one expert, which could see an uptake in gentle exercise among patients paying for care.

Emma Malcolm, chief executive of Prostate Action, said that all men, regardless of their diagnosis, should undertake moderate physical exercise for at least 30 minutes, five times per week.

She added that diet is also an important factor to consider in cancer patients.

"Current recommendations include eating a healthy diet that contains at least five pieces of fruit and vegetables a day, along with cutting down on salt, fat and sugar," stated the expert.

This follows research published in journal Cancer which revealed a link between brisk walking and lowered risk of prostate cancer progression.

Men who walked briskly for at least three hours per week were almost 60 per cent less likely to develop biochemical markers of cancer recurrence or need a second treatment.

Posted by Toby Mynott

 

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