New study says exercise can stop cancer in its tracks

2021-10-10 16:35:16
New study says exercise can stop cancer in its tracks

There's no shortage of reasons to exercise regularly. Want to bulk up? Hit the weight room. Looking to lean out? Get to jogging! Exercise can also help with far more than just physical appearances.

From a more positive mindset to a considerably lower risk of developing various diseases, staying fit is a fundamental aspect of healthy, well-rounded living.

Speaking of exercise in relation to disease, a consistent fitness schedule is even associated with a lower risk of developing cancer. For instance, one research project reports very active people are 19% less likely to develop stomach cancer.

Another report states active women are 12-21% less at risk of breast cancer as well.

Now, groundbreaking new research out of Australia is adding yet another item to exercise's list of cancer-fighting benefits —and it's a big one.

The study, conducted at Edith Cowan University and published in the scientific journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, may revolutionize cancer treatment approaches in the not-so-distant future.

When exercise occurs, study authors explain, the human body's muscles produce proteins called myokines to be released into the bloodstream. This new study shows that those myokines are capable of both suppressing cancer tumor growth and actively leading the charge against fighting cancer cells.

Various previous studies and trials had already noted that cancer patients who maintain a regular exercise routine usually see their cancers progress at a slower rate than others. Now, science finally has an explanation for those findings. While this work is ultimately preliminary and requires further validation, it certainly appears that exercise can be a key asset in the battle against cancer.

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