1:2 of us will be affected by cancer at some point in our lifetime. Cancer diagnosis rates are increasing, but so too is the survival rate, which has doubled over the past 40 years. Leading an active, healthy lifestyle is essential in winning the fight to improve these statistics further so we can BEAT CANCER.
How this site and exercise can help
This site is a hub of trustworthy, relevant and powerful information from an array of established and credible sources which educates patients, and those in contact with patients, about the importance and BENEFITS of physical activity and exercise.
Extensive studies prove exercise is not only a safe, natural, and very powerful preventative, it also helps patients better deal with:
- the side effects of treatment
- decreases the risk of re-occurrence and mortality
- enhances quality of life both during and after treatment.
“The advice that I would have previously given to one of my patients would have been to ‘take it easy. This has now changed significantly because of the recognition that if physical exercise were a drug, it would be hitting the headlines.” Jane Maher, chief medical officer of Macmillan Cancer Support and leading clinical oncologist.
Statistics showing the benefits
“Cancer patients would be shocked if they knew just how much of a benefit physical activity could have on their recovery and long term health, in some cases reducing their chances of having to go through the gruelling ordeal of treatment all over again. It doesn’t need to be anything too strenuous, doing the gardening, going for a brisk walk or a swim, all count.” Ciaran Devane, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Extensive and comprehensive WORLDWIDE RESEARCH has found:
- Being physically active (just 3hrs of activity a week) can reduce the risk of re-occurrence by up to 50% in comparison to being inactive.
- Exercise during treatment improves one’s ability to deal with side effects including fatigue, depression, and muscle loss
- Starting a regime after treatment can reduce the risk of mortality by up-to 30% in certain cancers.
- Up to 49% of cancer survivors have at least 1 more chronic disease: the benefits of exercise substantially decrease this risk.