‘Be ac­tive’ to beat can­cer

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

MEN who keep ac­tive could cut their risk of prostate can­cer in half, re­search sug­gests.

Ex­perts said ex­er­cise - which can in­clude gar­den­ing or walk­ing - has a ‘far larger’ pro­tec­tive ef­fect than pre­vi­ously thought.

A team funded by the World Can­cer Re­search Fund (WCRF) and Can­cer Re­search UK used a ro­bust method of mea­sur­ing phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity among 79,148 men with prostate can­cer and 61,106 with­out.

They looked at vari­a­tions in a per­son’s DNA se­quence which re­lates to how ac­tive they are, rather than just re­ly­ing on what they say about their life­styles.

The study found that men who were the most ac­tive had a 51% re­duced risk of prostate can­cer com­pared with those who were the least ac­tive.

Dr Sarah Lewis, se­nior lec­turer in ge­netic epi­demi­ol­ogy at Bris­tol Med­i­cal School and lead au­thor of the re­search, said: “Our find­ings sug­gest that the more ac­tive you are, the bet­ter.”

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