Advice on being active should be routine in bowel cancer care via Advice on being active should be routine in bowel cancer care – Cancer Research UK – Science blog.
It’s well established that leading an active lifestyle can reduce your risk of developing bowel cancer, as well as a range of other cancers.
But what about after diagnosis? Intuitively, you might think that ‘rest is best’ for cancer patients recovering from treatments that can be both mentally and physically exhausting.
But over years the evidence has begun to build that being active after cancer treatment can significantly reduce fatigue, boost physical health and well-being, and improve quality of life.
And there’s even promising new evidence that being active might improve a person’s chances of surviving the disease, and cut the risk of the cancer coming back.
In this context, being ‘active’ doesn’t have to be anything extreme: it can just mean being on your feet more, and gradually working towards the amount recommended for healthy people of two and a half hours a week of moderate physical activity (e.g. walking, cycling, swimming) – which can be done in chunks.
Taken together, the evidence that getting active can help after, and even during, treatment for bowel cancer, is promising. And it’s also the case for other types of cancer – there’s good evidence that being active can help people recovering from breast and prostate cancer, but more work needs to be done in other cancer types.
So that’s why the results of our new study, published today in BMJ Open, give cause for concern.