Exercise could be beneficial for childhood cancer survivors

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Results of a recent study indicate that childhood cancer survivors who get plenty of vigorous exercise may live longer than their counterparts who aren’t very active.

Using a survey, researchers collected data on the frequency, intensity and duration of physical activity of more than 15 000 adults who had been treated for childhood cancer in the U.S. and Canada between 1970 and 1999. After analysing the data, the researchers found that increasing exercise levels over time appeared to boost survival odds.

One possible explanation for the results given by the researchers is that exercise is good for your heart and reduces the risks of cardiovascular diseases. Another explanation could be that regular vigorous exercise can help bolster the immune system and make it easier for people to control their cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar.

However, more research is needed to further validate these results and look at the amount of exercise and the sort of exercise programs needed to reach the best results during and after cancer treatment.