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Physical Activity Improves Colon Cancer Survival Rates


Physical activity, such as cycling, increases survival rates of colon cancer patients

Those that practice moderate physical activity have higher colon cancer survival rates than those that don't, according to a new study. 

Researchers from the Public Health Sciences Division evaluated the association between physical activity and colon cancer survival rates. They analyzed over 1,300 colon cancer patients and their average hours of physical activity in a week. 

They found that being physically active was associated with significant improvements in both overall and colon cancer-specific survival.

"Our results support these recommendations for colorectal cancer patients and suggest that physical activity in the years preceding cancer diagnosis may offer a survival benefit," said lead author Dr. Hardikar.

The best way to beat colon cancer is to catch it early. Regular screenings are recommended starting at age 50. 

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  • Researchers from Baylor University recently began a study in hopes of increasing the early detection of colon cancer.  

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