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Getting fitter can reduce prostate cancer risk by 35%, study finds

Men can reduce their risk of prostate cancer by up to 35% through increased jogging, cycling, or swimming, according to a study. 

The research found that a 3% improvement in cardiorespiratory fitness over a year significantly lowered the likelihood of developing the disease. Dr. Kate Bolam, co-author of the study, suggested that activities involving the lower body or both arms and legs, such as brisk walking, jogging, hiking, or line dancing, could be beneficial. The study, conducted in Sweden and published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, involved 57,652 men and observed a 35% lower risk for those whose fitness improved by 3% annually over a seven-year follow-up period. Prostate Cancer UK noted the study's interesting findings but emphasised the need for further research to establish a definitive link between exercise and prostate cancer risk.


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