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Exercise lowers risk of aggressive cancer

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Research to be presented at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Prostate Cancer Foundation Conference, in San Diego, suggests a link between brisk exercise and a lower risk of aggressive cancer.

Men who exercise vigorously may be at lower risk of aggressive prostate cancer, the new research reveals. Researchers discovered that men who 'power walked' before a prostate cancer diagnosis had more regularly-shaped blood vessels in their tumours than men who walked slowly.

More regularly-shaped blood vessels are believed to reduce the aggressiveness of tumours and improve the body’s response to cancer treatment.

The study, started in 1986, allows scientists to examine how diet and lifestyle affect the incidence of serious diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Researchers found that men with the fastest walking pace (3.35 miles per hour) prior to diagnosis had eight per cent more regularly-shaped blood vessels, compared with men who walked slowly (1.55 miles per hour).

Dr Van Blarigan, from the from the University of California, San Francisco, said, ''It’s reasonable to hypothesise that the same explanation could exist for the beneficial effects of exercise in other cancers, and it would be interesting to examine this in future studies''

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