Research not only shows that physical activity reduces the risk of a variety of cancer types, it also suggests the idea people with a cancer diagnosis should be active throughout all stages of survivorship. The idea has gone as far as encouraging doctors to prescribe exercise as a strategy to improve quality of life and long-term outcomes for cancer survivors.
The research is strong showing positive benefits for cancer survivors, including:
Adding exercise and movement to your day doesn't need to be complicated. Start slow and be creative. Even small changes in your daily routine can make a difference. Getting started can be the hardest part, so here are a few ideas:
Has your health care provider prescribed physical activity for you? Please share your thoughts on the topic and what has worked for you.
Meet others talking about exercise and healthy habits in the Healthy Living group or talking about cancers in one of the many cancer groups on Mayo Clinic Connect. Share experiences, ask questions and find support from people like you.
Send an email to invite people you know to join the Cancer Education Center page.