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CCChallenge11Logo_NoC5_2C[1]Exercise Boosts Colon Cancer Survival
Increasing Physical Activity After Treatment May Up Odds of Survival 50%

Regular exercise may help colon cancer survivors beat their disease for good.

Research suggests people who have been treated for colon cancer can reduce their risk of the cancer coming back, and improve their odds of survival, by as much as 50% by engaging in regular exercise, such as walking.

“From previous studies we know that regular physical activity reduces the risk of developing colon cancer, but until now few studies have looked at the survival effect of exercise on people who have been treated for disease,” says researcher Jeffrey Meyerhardt, MD, MPH, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, in a news release.

A pair of studies on two different groups of colon cancer survivors both showed people who exercised regularly after completing colon cancer therapy were more likely to be alive and cancer-free six to 12 months after treatment than those who didn’t exercise.

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