High intensity exercise cuts cancer deaths


People who exercise at high intensity are less likely to develop cancer and die, research out today suggests.

Jogging, swimming, rowing and games such as squash or football all lead to a lower risk of developing cancer and dying from it.

However, the study found that people must exercise for at least 30 minutes a day.

Experts followed 2,560 men from eastern Finland with no history of cancer and asked them how often they exercised.

The men, aged 42-61, filled in questionnaires and undertook physical tests to measure the intensity of their exercise.

They were followed up for an average of almost 17 years and were aged 53 on average at the start of the follow-up.

The authors, from the universities of Kuopio and Oulu in Finland, said high intensity exercise was best for lowering the risk of getting cancer and dying from it, particularly lung and gastrointestinal cancers.

Source: Irish Times 28/8/09