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Brisk walking benefits men with prostate cancer


Narrator:       This is Science Today. Men diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer are less likely to suffer a recurrence of the disease if they walk briskly for at least three hours per week. Those were the findings of a University of California, San Francisco study led by researcher Erin Richman.

Richman:       What was interesting was that the pace mattered much more than how much you walked. So, even men who walked, you know, less often but did so briskly still had a benefit, but men who walked at a brisk pace for at least three hours a week or more had the greatest reduction in risk and it was more than a 50 percent reduction in risk. 

Narrator:       A previous UCSF study found benefits of physical activity for prostate cancer patients, but this new study was the first to focus on how physical activity, particularly brisk walking, affected markers of prostate cancer progression.

Richman:       What would be great is eventually to included very specific physical activity advice and support for men to engage in as part of clinical care for men with prostate cancer.

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.