Health Discoveries in Colorectal Cancers

Consistent exercise may reduce death risk for colon cancer patients

December 30, 2010
Exercise has frequently been cited as a way to stave off a number of maladies, which is why doctors continue to recommend the healthy habit. Now, a new study is suggesting that regular exercise could potentially lower the risk of dying from colon cancer.

Researchers from the Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis conducted a study that is the first to show that daily physical exercise could help make this grave disease less deadly.

"People who were consistently active over the course of their adulthood had a lower risk of death from colon cancer than those who were sedentary," said first author Kathleen Y. Wolin. "People often wonder around the start of a new year whether exercise really will help them stay healthy or whether it's already too late."

The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a branch of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, is currently conducting a phase III clinical trial for determining the positive and negative effects of chemotherapy for colon cancer patients.
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