Fit Middle-Aged Men: Lower Risk for Some Cancers

Very fit men in their late 40s are less likely to get lung cancer and colorectal cancer than unfit men, a study in JAMA Oncology suggests.

Their high fitness levels also appear to increase their chances of surviving cancer if they are diagnosed later on.

University of Vermont researchers said even small improvements in fitness could help to reduce cancer risk.

Source: Fit middle-aged men ‘at lower risk for some cancers’

Prostate cancer gets a mention that fitness didn’t prevent so much, but in every case there’s a belief that fit men are more likely to be testing often if at all to catch things as early as possible.

It’s well known that people in better shape do better.  What’s “better”?  Low body fat, endurance, and a good diet are the best indicators of being “healthy”.  You can always get a work-up to determine blood pressure, cholesterol, and any vitamin deficiencies. It’s entirely possible to be in good shape physically, and yet be very unhealthy. People in better shape, with stronger immune systems, get higher doses of chemotherapy because they can tolerate the side effects better.  The higher the dose you can tolerate, the better the treatment outcome (generally) because you’re more likely to kill more cancer cells.

FYI: The recommendation for a hereditary history of colon cancer is generally to get a colonoscopy every 1-2 years, starting at 10 years before youngest case in the family.

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