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Monday, November 16, 2015

Black Men With Prostate Cancer Should Do This Everyday

Black man with prostate cancer

African American men have the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world, and their mortality rates are twice as high as white men. But being diagnosed with prostate cancer is not a death sentence. According to the American Cancer Society, the 5-year survival rate is almost 100 percent if the cancer is caught in time. Once treated, there are a number of things patients can do to improve their health, including exercise.

Do this everyday

A new study shows that engaging in a regular daily walking routine can improve the well-being of men undergoing prostate cancer treatment. Many men who are being treated for prostate cancer experience urinary and bowel problems, erectile dysfunction and other sexual function problems, weight gain, fatigue and depression. Walking regularly can greatly improve these symptoms.

But not just walking! Actually all of the activities below are great practices that can help men with prostate cancer recover:

* jogging
* running
* cycling
* swimming
* playing sports

How much time?

Just three hours per week of walking casually have been proven to reduce these symptoms. Even more results can be seen by walking briskly for about 90 minutes a week. As one doctor involved in the study explained, “Exercise, before and after prostate cancer treatment has the potential to speed recovery, mitigate complications, allow for optimal handling of medication, and impact long-term survival.”

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