Being physically active protects us from many diseases throughout life. This protection also applies to the disease we have been hearing more of recently, known as ‘cancer’. Although we do not yet know the exact connection or causality, individuals who exercise regularly reduce their risk of developing cancer by 40%. It is known that this protective feature is most effective on breast and bowel cancers.
Researchers’ estimates are that the effect of this exercise may be related to factors such as increasing the hormone ‘serotonin’, supporting the immune system and preventing obesity. Moreover, exercise is also a part of the treatment for people with cancer. For these individuals, exercise increases their functional capacity, physical and mental well-being, and minimizes the damage caused by the side effects of their treatments.
As a result, it is clear that regular exercise should be included in our lives both as a preventive treatment and part of the actual treatment of cancer. Taking into account the suggestions made, exercising for at least 150 minutes a week with appropriate activities is one of the easiest and most effective methods we can apply for our health. Take a step for your health today and make exercise a habit in order to activate the protective mechanism within your body.
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