Walking May Help Fight Prostate Cancer

Wednesday, 25 May 2011 09:12 AM

If you’re battling prostate cancer you may want to take a walk — regularly.

A new study appearing in the journal Cancer Research found that men with prostate cancer who routinely took brisk walks lowered their risk for disease progression as well as their chances of dying from the illness, Health Day reports.

"Men who engaged in brisk walking, defined as three miles per hour or faster, after a diagnosis of clinically localized prostate cancer, had a reduced risk of prostate cancer progression compared to men who walked at an easy pace (less than two miles per hour)," says study author Erin L. Richman, a research associate in the department of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco.

This latest research grew from earlier work from the same scientists that showed “vigorous physical activity” cuts the chances of prostate cancer death, according to Health Day.

"Men who engaged in three hours per week or more of brisk walking had the greatest benefit," Richman added, "with a 57 percent lower risk of disease progression compared to men who walked less than three hours per week at an easy pace. These results were independent of clinical prognostic factors, dietary factors, and lifestyle factors such as obesity and smoking."

The study focused on 1,455 prostate cancer patients who were enrolled at one of 40 urology clinics in 2004 and 2005 and had been diagnosed with disease that had not spread beyond the prostate.

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