‘Be active’ to beat cancer
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.”