Physical activity 'crucial for cancer survivors'

Individuals who have beaten cancer have been reminded of the importance of staying physically active, after a new report suggested some may be putting their lives at risk by failing to get enough exercise.

A study published by Macmillan Cancer Support this week warned that as many as 1.6 million people could be more likely to suffer serious long-term health problems including the recurrence of cancer because they are not sufficiently active.

"Cancer patients would be shocked if they knew just how much of a benefit physical activity could have on their recovery," said Macmillan chief executive Ciaran Devane. "It doesn't need to be anything too strenuous."

Mr Devane expressed concern about the advice given to patients by medical professionals, claiming that in many cases there is little information provided about the potential benefits of regular exercise.

Association of International Cancer Research scientific co-ordinator Dr Mark Matfield observed that recent studies had suggested lifestyle factors can have a significant impact on cancer rates.

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