How Physical Exercise may affect the Fight against Cancer

The initial diagnosis results that confirm that you have cancer may officially mark the day your life changed. The horror of having a life-threatening disease usually degenerates to a point of making you to lose the hope of living a good life. The good news is that cancer is curable. When detected early, you should hit it and hit it hard with everything you’ve got. This includes radiation treatments, chemotherapy, complete lifestyle changes and a renewed positive attitude that you are a fighter.

The treatments involved in fighting cancer can take a lot out of your body. A good way to ensure that your body is in the best shape to fight cancer is physical exercise. Being more physically active has several effects that are essential for anybody fighting with cancer.

•                Exercise helps to keep fat levels low. Excessive fat can be an impediment to the fight against cancer.
•                Increasing physical activity boosts energy levels – Cancer treatments can leave you very fatigued but if you have regular exercises, you will have more energy coming out of the treatments.
•                Exercising is a good way to reduce stress. This is important to people battling cancer since a positive mood is required to win the fight easier.

Whether being treated for minor forms of cancer like skin cancer or rare types such as mesothelioma treatment, patients feel an urge to limit physical activity. This is counterproductive since a constant production of energy by the body will reduce the fatigue experienced after treatments such as chemotherapy. After successful treatment sends cancer into remission, you should continue to combine positive habits such as exercise and good nutrition to enable your body to heal completely.

Extensive research has been carried out by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to determine how physical exercise relates with various types of cancer. Studies indicate that physical exercise prevents two types of cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. The studies also indicate that after diagnosis, physical activity improves quality of life, reduces fatigue and helps to maintain energy balance for breast cancer patients. Two studies indicated that people who are more physically active have a reduced risk of colon cancer. The studies also showed that physical activity before diagnosis did not affect survival. They indicated a lower chance of recurrence for people with more physical activity after diagnosis. The findings of the institute are summarized in this website.

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