New study finds exercise significantly slows prostate cancer
Posted May 25 2011 11:20am
A new study conducted at the University of California found that at least 3 hours of vigorous physical activity per week slowed the progression of prostate cancer by 57 percent in men diagnosed with the illness.
"The researchers, led by UC-San Francisco's Erin Richman, Sc.D., followed men for at least 15 months after a prostate cancer diagnosis, tracking each man's exercise habits and monitoring whether their cancer worsened. The men who engaged in at least 3 hours of vigorous physical activity per week had a 57 percent slower rate of cancer progression to more worrying states than those who exercised less."
Researchers at the University of California and at the Harvard School of Public Health followed a total of 1,455 men who had been diagnosed with early-stage prostate and closely monitored the amount of exercise that each man did everyday.
"The important point was the intensity of the activity - the walking had to be brisk for men to experience a benefit," said study co-author Erin Richman, postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, reports the journal Cancer Research.