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Exercise 'helps cancer survivors'

Regular exercise of two and a half hours every week can be beneficial for people recovering from cancer, research suggests.

According a study carried out on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support, engaging in moderate physical activity could help prevent the disease coming back and minimise the side-effects of treatment.

Experts have suggested that the doctors should prescribe 150 minutes of moderate activity per week, as recommended by the Department of Health, for cancer patients and cancer survivors.

Previously, cancer patients were asked to rest after their treatment. But the latest research involving a review of more than 60 studies showed that exercise can help recovery of the disease and prevent other long-term illnesses.

Being physically active can help people overcome the effects of cancer such as fatigue and weight issues. It can also reduce the treatment's side-effects such as swelling around the arm, anxiety, depression, fatigue and impaired mobility.

The report said: "Long term, it is an effective way to help recover physical function, manage fatigue, improve quality of life and mental health, and control body weight."

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"Excellent news, we should all know about this. How can these words be spread to reach all cancer patients?" - Cyn Howe, Hertfordshire