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HHS HealthBeat (February 24, 2014)

Actively living with cancer

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

A study of about 1,000 male cancer survivors indicates that those who are physically active live longer.

Kate Wolin of Loyola University Chicago and colleagues from Harvard University examined data from 1988 to 2008. Wolin says the benefit goes beyond physical activity’s known value for heart health among people who don’t have cancer.

“With increasing amounts of activity, we saw a decreasing risk of death, and we also saw that for cancer-specific and cardiovascular-specific mortality – so across the different causes of death.”

The most physically active were 38 percent less likely to die of cancer and 49 percent less likely to die of heart and vascular disease.

The study in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health 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 Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: February 24, 2014