Exercise Increases Life Expectancy…For Cancer Patients

Results of a study of over 1,000 men with cancer show that regular exercise is associated with longer life expectancy. Researchers from Harvard Medical School and the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine found that men with higher levels of physical activity (such as walking, stair climbing, and participation in sports and recreational activities) had lower rates of death from both cardiovascular and cancer causes.

This adds to a growing body of evidence that exercising after a cancer diagnosis is associated with a longer life expectancy. The treatment of cancer in this era of modern medicine often involves sophisticated and expensive drugs, machines, and other interventions. These treatment modalities are important, but it is also important to remember that something as simple as exercise can make a big difference in the lives of cancer patients.

A summary of the research study, published in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health, can be found here.