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How can exercise help people with colon cancer?

Exercise may help people with colon cancer by reducing the risk of disease progression and death. At least 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity may provide these benefits in people with colon cancer, research suggests.

Researchers who tracked more than 1,200 people with colon cancer found a 19 percent reduction in risk for early death. Five or more hours of moderate -- but non-vigorous -- activity a week increased that survival benefit to 25 percent.

Walking, cleaning or gardening counted as moderate exercise, researchers said. Exercise benefits previously have been reported for people with early stage cancer.
Exercise can help people with colon cancer by helping the body release natural endorphins that help the mind and body feel better. Exercise is an important treatment  to maintain wellness of the body-mind-spirit--the biopsychosocial model of care of all disease.

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