Cancer treatment: Brisk walk could help stall prostate cancer

26th May 2011

Taking a walk may help to blow away the cobwebs, but it could also help to stop the onset of prostate cancer, research has shown.

Walking briskly for at least three hours a week could help to delay the onset of the disease, or even delay its process if a patient has undergone cancer diagnosis, it has been suggested.

These claims have been made following a study at the University of California, which looked at almost 1,500 men who had been diagnosed with cancer, but it had not spread.

Results showed that men who walked briskly for three hours a week had a 57 per cent lower rate of disease progression than those who did not.

Lead researcher Erin Richman said: "The benefit from walking truly depended on how quickly you walked. Walking at an easy pace did not seem to have any benefit. Walking is something everyone can and should do to improve their health."

Experts put the effect down to several factors; including the possibility that walking helps to circulate insulin around the body.

Meanwhile, a drug has been developed which may help patients in the final stages of prostate cancer prolong their life by four months.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

1. Richman, Erin et al. "Physical Activity after Diagnosis and Risk of Prostate Cancer Progression: Data from the Cancer of the Prostate Strategic Urologic Research Endeavour." Cancer Research. 24th May 2011.

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