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Did you Know: An Active Life may Boost the Odds of Surviving Cancer

Exercise.jpgWhen coping with a serious illness, it's normal to feel powerless at times.

But, cancer researchers are finding that there may be power in a simple act: moving more. It may help people with cancer heal and stay well, too.

A 2013 study surveyed people before and after a colon cancer diagnosis.* Those who led active lives had higher survival rates than the people who spent more time sitting.

And, this isn't the first study to link activity and benefits for people with cancer. Other research has shown that it's both safe and helpful for those with breast, prostate and other types of cancer.

While it isn't a cure for cancer, moderate exercise during and after treatment may:

  • Increase strength
  • Reduce fatigue
  • Boost mood and self-esteem
  • Ease stress and anxiety

If you're living with cancer
Talk with your doctor about what types of activities are OK for you. He or she can help you set goals. Be sure to ask if there are precautions you should take.


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