In 2018, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) convened a roundtable of experts to review the latest scientific evidence and offer recommendations about the benefits of exercise for prevention, treatment, recovery, and improved survival. The comprehensive review and recommendations were outlined in three academic papers published in October 2019 in two scientific journals. In the US, an estimated 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in 2019 and more than 606,000 individuals will die from the disease. There is a continued need to understand how modifiable behaviors like physical activity may help prevent and control cancer in the population. These recommendations are designed to help cancer patients incorporate physical activity into their recuperation, and they’re an important reminder that all adults should strive to be as physically active as their abilities allow for cancer prevention.
The new evidence-based guidance and recommendations include: Exercise is important for cancer prevention for all adults.
- Exercise lowers risk of seven common types of cancer: colon, breast, endometrial, kidney, bladder, esophagus, and stomach.
- Exercise can help improve survival for cancer survivors after a diagnosis of breast, colon, and prostate cancer.
- Exercise during and after cancer treatment improves fatigue, anxiety, depression, physical function, and quality of life and does not exacerbate lymphedema.
- Continue research that will drive the integration of exercise into the standard of care for cancer.
- Translate into practice the increasingly robust evidence base about the positive effects of exercise for cancer patients.
Join us for Pink Ribbon Pilates or Pilates Apparatus classes. Several staff members have received training to work specifically to work with people going through cancer treatment.