New study: Sport halves the risk of prostate cancer death

New study: Sport halves the risk of prostate cancer death

Study: Run away from prostate cancer
Anyone who does a lot of sport after being diagnosed with prostate cancer can almost halve their risk of dying from the tumor. Canadian scientists have now found this out.

A Canadian long-term study regularly examined 830 men with prostate Ca over a period from 1997/2000 (tumor diagnosis) to 2014. On average, the men were 68 years old when they were diagnosed with tumors, all had stage II-IV tumors and were still alive 2 years after diagnosis. During the study period, just over half of the participants (458 men), 170 men (20.5%) of them died from prostate cancer.

The researchers assigned the participants to four groups of the same size with different levels of activity. In the group with the least physical activity, more than twice as many died in the group with the highest physical activity (158 versus 75). Around 33% of the most active participants had died by the end of their studies, but three quarters of the group participants had already died.

After taking factors such as age, tumor stage and time to first progression into account, the overall mortality rate in the most active group was 42% lower than in the most physically inactive men.

If the researchers only looked at leisure activities, mortality was reduced by 36% for the quarter with the sportiest men. The death rate was reduced by 28% in men who were on their feet professionally.

It became clear that the overall mortality rate and cancer mortality were lowest among men who had exercised a lot in their free time both before and after diagnosis. You can find the study here. (pm)

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