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DISEASE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT THROUGH EXERCISE

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PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ENCOURAGED FOR DISEASE PATIENTS

CHICAGO– Exercise is taking a major part in disease prevention and treatment plans. Exercise benefits people being treated for cancer cope with the side effects of chemotherapy, surgery and radiation, including fatigue and loss of muscle mass.

New national cancer guidelines point out exercise benefits and urge patients to exercise during and after disease treatment for 150 minutes per week, the same advice given to those wanting to prevent disease.

Cindy Gerstner, whose stage IV breast cancer has spread to her brain, lungs, bones and liver said,”It’s part of my treatment. It’s almost as important as chemotherapy in helping me stay on this earth as long as possible.”

Though research is still in the early stages, there’s encouraging evidence that consistent physical activity can help with everything from cancer and Parkinson’s Disease to alcoholism. The “exercise is medicine” movement is followed by multiple organizations, including the American College of Sports Medicine, the Chicago Park District and cancer support groups.

“Exercise can result in a 40 to 50 percent reduction in the risk for recurrence of breast cancer,” said Kathryn Schmitz, an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the Abramson Cancer Center.

Exercise appears to relieve symptoms, but its impact on the natural course of the disease isn’t known.

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Keywords: Disease Treatment Through Exercise, Exercise Benefits, Physical Activity

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