AICR Recommendations Improve Health and Reduce Risk of Recurrence Among Colorectal Cancer Survivors

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In a new cross-sectional study that tracked the lifestyles and quality of life of nearly 1,100 people over 10 years, researchers found that colorectal cancer survivors who closely followed the AICR/WCRF Recommendations, especially those pertaining to physical activity, were more likely to have a better quality of life compared to those who did not follow the Recommendations.

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Building an Active Community

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This spring, prioritize the types of physical activity that allow you to be in community with others. Getting regular moderate physical activity (at least 150 minutes weekly) and avoiding being sedentary is one of AICR’s cancer prevention recommendations. Here are some easy ways to do just that:     

Walking
Going on a walk is a great way to begin getting active. Catch up with a friend in your neighborhood, explore a new city on a group walking tour while traveling or grab a colleague for a brisk walk to clear your mind after a stressful day at work. Set a goal to walk at least 30 minutes per day at moderate intensity—meaning your heart rate is elevated but you can still carry on a conversation.

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Physical Activity and its Effectiveness in Cancer Therapy

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Research shows that physical activity offers plenty of benefits for long-term health and plays an important role in both cancer prevention and healthy survivorship. For reducing cancer risk, American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) recommends getting at least 150 minutes of moderate, or 75 minutes of vigorous (if possible) physical activity per week. Emerging evidence shows that physical activity, can be a valuable complement to traditional cancer treatments as well. A recently published paper supports the role of physical activity in increasing the effectiveness of radiation therapy, chemotherapy and even immunotherapy.

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