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Exercise Prescriptions Recommended as Standard Cancer Care

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

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  • Evidence shows exercise not only is a key component of effective cancer prevention, but also cancer treatment and prevention of recurrence
  • Strong evidence exists showing that exercise lowers your risk of developing colon, breast, endometrial, kidney, bladder, esophageal and stomach cancer. The link between exercise and a lower risk for lung cancer is moderately strong
  • An international team hopes to shift the paradigm of cancer treatment by 2029, to include prescribed exercise as part of standard care
  • To help with the implementation of the new guidelines into clinical practice, the American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise Is Medicine initiative has launched a new program called Moving Through Cancer
  • Based on the scientific evidence, the recommended amount of exercise for cancer patients is up to 30 minutes of moderate‐intensity aerobic activity three times a week, and up to 20 or 30 minutes of resistance exercise twice a week

Cancer is at epidemic proportions around the world. An estimated 1,762,450 Americans are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2019, and approximately 1,663 die from it every day. Based on what we now know about the origins of cancer, it's clear that this avalanche is largely the result of inappropriate diets and unhealthy living. Lack of exercise is part of this.

Evidence shows exercise not only is a key component of effective cancer prevention, but also cancer treatment and prevention of recurrence, so it's really a triple-win. I first heard of this about 30 years ago and was delighted but surprised and did not understand how this could occur, but now the physiology is well understood as I discuss further below.


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