Exercise to Fight Cancer!

Exercise to Fight Cancer!

by: Arlene Gentallan

Exercise inhibits tumor growth! Enhances recovery....Prevents cancer recurrence!
Exercise inhibits tumor growth! Enhances recovery....Prevents cancer recurrence!

        Cancer is one of the most dreaded condition worldwide. It comes with the popular notion that when you are diagnosed with "CANCER", you'll only have 6 months to live. For some people, it entails the end. But this is not the case because your see, there are cancer survivors out there.

What is Cancer?

        Under normal condition, old and worn out cell die and new healthy cells replace them. But cancer cells do not. They grow and proliferate uncontrollably. Cancer cells are abnormal and interfere with the normal functioning. They are destructive and have potential to spread to other areas of the body.

What is the difference between tumor and cancer?
        A tumor is a simply a mass or a lump, which can either be cancerous or not. There are two types of tumor: benign and malignant. A benign tumor is localized to a certain area of the body. It stays there and do not spread to other areas of the body. On the other hand, a malignant tumor is what we call "CANCER." Cancer cells rapidly multiplies in number and spread to other areas of the body.

Did you know that even a short term exercise can have a significant contribution to fight cancer growth?

        In a study by Rundqvist H, Augsten M, Stromberg A, et al, blood samples was obtained from 10 male participants before and after they undergo a 60 minutes bycycling at increasing intensity. The obtained blood serums were then incorporated with LNCaP (a cancerous tumor cell.)
        Compared to the serum obtained before the exercise, the serum obtained after the exercise shows "31% inhibition of tumor cell growth."
        It was found out that 9 out of 10 serums obtained from the participants after the 60 minute exercise were shown to prohibit the proliferation of cancer cells.


       Exercise' role in physical and mental well-being can not be downplayed. In fact, even those people who are already diagnosed with cancer are encouraged to have an exercise program that their doctor approves.

List of Benefits of Exercise to Cancer Patients:
  1. Increase life expectancy
  2. Alleviates anxiety and ease your mind
  3. Fights depression
  4. Enhances your physical mobility
  5. Reduces pain, fatigue, and stress
  6. Improves your energy level
  7. Improves your appetite
  8. Improves your heart and lung function
  9. Helps you sleep better
  10. Helps with recovery
Exercise is also strongly recommended for cancer survivors to prevents recurrence of this dreaded disease.
Exercise is recommended for everyone

        Obesity and sedentary lifestyle are the two common risk factors associated with many diseases such a stroke, heart attack, diabetes, cancer and others. One of the best ways to eliminate these is through exercise.