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A 25-minute walk every day could drastically reduce your risk of dying of cancer

Mirror logo Mirror 30/08/2017 Andrew Gregory

© Digital Vision Walking for 25 minutes a day can dramatically reduce the risk of dying from cancer , research shows. 

Two studies have found that regular exercise, such as brisk strolls, can help people after being diagnosed.

One investigation suggested patients who did an average of 25 minutes of moderate-intensity daily exercise were half as likely to die. The study concluded the physical activity has “clear potential to influence survival”.

This research involved 337 women who were newly diagnosed with breast cancer and had undergone surgery to remove tumours. For eight months, one group was told to follow an exercise programme of 180 minutes a week. The second set received standard care.

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The comparison of the groups came after a typical follow-up of eight years.

Sandra Hayes, of the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, who conducted the study, said walking was the most common exercise for the majority of the patients.

She added: “Some activity or exercise is better than none, and doing more is generally better than less.”

In the second probe, 992 people with bowel cancer were assessed over seven years. Compared to those who stuck least to the American Cancer Society guidelines on nutrition and exercise, those who followed them closely had a 42% lower risk of dying. The advice includes moderate exercise for an average of 22 minutes per day.

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Erin van Blarigan, of the University of California, San Francisco, who worked on the probe, said: “Brisk walking is great exercise for everyone.”

The studies were presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago. Plenty of fruit, veg and whole grains also helped.

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