Male cancer survivors may live longer if they exercise,
a new study suggests.
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The research included more than 1 000 male cancer survivors in the United
States who provided details about their levels of physical
activity in 1988 and again in 1993. The men were followed until 2008.
Men who burned more than 12 600 kilojoules per week in physical activity
were 48% less likely to die of any cause than those who burned less than 2 100
kilojoules per week, the researchers found. Kilojoules are a unit of energy.
The most physically active men were 49% less likely to die of heart disease
and 38% less likely to die of cancer, according to the study, which was
published in the Journal of Physical Activity &
The number of cancer survivors in the United States is growing, and they are
living longer due to earlier diagnosis and treatment, said study co-author Kathleen
Wolin, an epidemiologist at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of
Medicine, and colleagues.
"Physical activity should be actively promoted to such individuals to
enhance longevity," they said in a Loyola news release.
The researchers said numerous studies have shown that physical activity
helps extend the lives of healthy people, but there has been little research on
physical activity among cancer survivors.
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