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Research: Physical Activity and Survival After Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis

In an August 2006 journal article, Physical Activity and Survival After Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis, researchers from Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Healther, and Massachusetts General Hospital wrote that: “In our analyses, women who were physically active after the diagnosis of non-metastatic colorectal cancer experienced a significantly decreased risk of colorectal cancer–specific death as well as death from any cause. Interestingly, level of activity before diagnosis did not influence cancer-specific or overall survival. Colorectal cancer patients who increased their activity from their levels before diagnosis had an approximately 50% reduction in both colorectal cancer–specific and all-cause mortality.”

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