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HHS HealthBeat (August 17, 2011)

Brisk walks and prostate cancer

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

Brisk walking is good for the body. It reduces insulin and chronic inflammation; both of which affect growth of prostate cancer. A new survey of more than 1,400 prostate cancer patients showed that physical activity can affect that risk. 

Dr. Erin Richman is with the University of California, San Francisco.

“The men who reported walking at a brisk pace for three or more hours per week had a nearly 60 percent reduced risk of prostate cancer progression, compared to the men who reported walking for less than three hours per week at an easy pace.” (13 seconds)

Men are at highest risk of getting prostate cancer after age 55.

The study in the journal Cancer Research, was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: August 17, 2011