Cancer patients want to know about exercise benefits

Research by Macmillan Cancer Support shows that most cancer patients (75%) believe their doctor or nurse failed to talk to them about the recovery benefits of physical activity. The study also revealed that a third of cancer patients are less physically active post-treatment despite evidence it is “vital” for the recovery process.

Out of the 1,495 adults questioned for the survey, 32% said they were less active after treatments, 52% were about the same and 15% were now doing more exercise than before. A recent Macmillan report, called Move More, revealed that bowel cancer patients could cut risks of recurrence and death by around 50% by doing six hours of exercise a week. Results also demonstrated that breast cancer patients can cut the risks by up to 40% if they completed 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. Regular physical activity can also reduce the risk of treatment and disease side effects, such as depression, fatigue, heart disease and osteoporosis.

Professor Jane Maher, chief medical officer at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “This is clear evidence that there is a need for a culture change within the NHS, to prioritise discussing physical activity and providing the relevant services during and after cancer treatment.” For more information click here >>

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