Cancer patients who walk for less than half an hour a day can cut their risk of dying from the disease by up to 50 per cent, new research suggests.
A study presented at the world’s largest cancer conference found that brisk exercise had a “clear potential to influence survival”.
Nearly 340 women newly-diagnosed with breast cancer who had undergone surgery to remove tumours were split into two groups.
For eight months, one group was told to follow an exercise programme of 180 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise, while while second group received standard care.
Over a typical follow-up of eight years, the results showed that in the exercise group were around half as likely to die as those in the usual care group and less likely to have their disease progress.
Sandra Haye, senior research fellow at the Queensland University of Technology, who conducted the study, said most women used…