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Exercise 'helps post-cancer recovery'

Cancer survivors can experience an improvement in their general health and wellbeing if they take part in an exercise programme, a new report has claimed.

A study team from the University of Hong Kong analysed 34 pieces of research which looked at the impact exercise had on people who had breast, lung and prostate cancer, among others.

With an average of 93 people taking part in each trial for about 13 weeks, each group took part in various exercise types including aerobic, resistance and strength workouts.

The scientists, whose review has been published in the British Medical Journal, found that breast cancer patients who took part found they had better readings in body mass index (BMI), weight and blood glucose, as well as improved lower limb strength.

Improvements were noted in BMI, weight, oxygen consumption and hand-grip strength for people taking part who suffered from other types of cancer. Most of those who took part found that they had a better quality of life and less fatigue as a result.

In conclusion the authors write: “Quality of life was a clear significant benefit of physical activity and that clinically, there were important positive effects on physical functions and quality of life”.

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