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Science: How exercise can slow the spread of cancer

Science: How exercise can slow the spread of cancer

The Danish researchers revealed a new role of adrenaline, this substance helps to prevent cancer. Adrenalin released during intensive training doesn’t allow the spread and development of metastases elsewhere in the organism, explains the article published in the journal Cancer Research.

The exercise and even just a regular jogging are able to slow the spread of cancer, the physical training is not only restricting the spread of cancer but also makes it easier to treat. According to Pernille Hojman from the Centre for Active Health at Rigshospitalet, Denmark, cancer can be stopped by adrenaline.

“Our study indicates that it’s probably optimal for women with breast cancer to perform high intensity exercise two to three times a week. It reduces the risk of spread of the disease,”

Hojman said.

The lead author of the research emphasises that exercise neither removes the risk of developing breast cancer or the risk of cancer spreading per se. But exercise can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by 25 percent and potentially improve the chances of successful cancer treatment.

Molecular understanding of the exercise’s help in cancer treatment

The study of Danish researchers demonstrated that exercises really can stop the spreading of oncological disease, and it applies to all types of cancer.

“We find approximately similar numbers as when we studied the connection between exercise and the spread of cancer in people. This suggests that there is something in the blood that helps to stop the spread of cancer cells,”

says Hojman who believes that exercise makes it easier to treat and significantly increases the chance of surviving cancer.

The research suggests that exercise can have such an effect on breast cancer that it actually prevents the cancer cells from spreading, and now, the Danish researchers are planning to see whether it also improves the outcome of chemotherapy. The goal is to find out how exercise influences the chances of surviving cancer, and which form of exercise and intensity gives the best odds.