Exercise & Cancer

The importance of exercise in health promotion is commonsense all over the world. The benefits of regular exercise practice goes beyond physiological improvements only to get healthier. Exercises are used to prevent diseases & injures, increase longevity, promote better mental health among many other applications. It is being used as one of the most important tools on Cancer prevention, treatment pre and post diagnosis and necessary on cancer survivals lifestyle.

Dr. Filipe Dinato de Lima, a researcher from University of Brasilia, stated in one of his publications that a substantial increase in studies investigating the effects of Physical activity applied to cancer survivors from 1989 – 2013 is noticeable. This tendency was followed by Colleges, professional bodies and associations responsible to establish guidelines to apply physical activity on cancer treatment, aiming cancer prevention, cancer treatment and cancer survival. He also mentioned that:

Dr Filipe Dinato

“Studies suggest that adherence to recommendations for physical activity and
food management reduce the risk of cancer development and increase the rate of
survival of patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer, for instance. However,
the use of physical activity as an intervention for prevention and treatment
of cancer still seems to depend on the understanding of its mechanisms related to
risk factors and the disease itself”


Exercise & Sports Science Australia

Exercise & Sports Science Australia – ESSA, in its website, also describes the importance of exercise within cancer care:

“Ongoing research has shown strong evidence that exercise plays an important role in the prevention of cancer and is a safe and effective strategy to counteract many of the negative physical and psychological effects of cancer and its treatment,” explains Anita Hobson-Powell, Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA)’s Chief Executive Officer.
Exercise is Medicine® Australia highlights that the benefits of exercise (both pre- and post-diagnosis) include a reduced number and severity of symptoms and side effects (e.g., pain, fatigue, nausea), improved muscle strength and fitness, improved physical and immune function, improved mood and self-esteem, and more.
ESSA explains the Accredited Exercise Physiologists role in cancer care environment “As exercise specialists, AEPs have the knowledge and skills to design, deliver and evaluate safe exercise programs, and as a result, they play a crucial role in any cancer care team.”
Saying this, the importance of exercising goes far beyond the being in a good looking shape. Keep active active in your body and mind.
For extra support www.cancer.org.au | 131 120

Paulo Barroso / Solid Sports