In the modern United States, prostate cancer is survivable. While some factors play into the general survival of diseases, one major factor is an early diagnosis. Nearly 3.3 million American men are survivors of prostate cancer, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). These men account for 21% of all survivors worldwide.
Previously, there were few things that Science was aware of that could improve the mortality rate of prostate cancer. However, as technology progressed and times changed, we now have a world of opportunity available to us. Consider that moderate or even regular vigorous exercise can improve a man’s chances of survival of prostate cancer. Can we conclusively determine from a glance that a person’s chances of survival are higher based on circumstantial evidence? Of course not. Nevertheless, exercise is wholesome for the body. Specific activities, stretches, and features of sports have been proven to lower one’s mortality rate, says the American Cancer Society.
A Study of 43,000 Men
Ying Wang, a study author at the ACS, along with some of his colleagues looked at the society’s data and examined some 7,000 prostate cancer cases. The cases studied contained diagnoses which took place between 1992 and 2011. The median age of the men considered was 71 years old. Unfortunately, some 2,700 men died over the course of the study—750 deaths due to heart disease, while 450 were from prostate cancer. What were the results?
Men who had less body fat overall, who were less likely to smoke, ate fish often and took vitamins were more likely to be health-conscious. To that end, 73% of the physical activity these men did consist of walking, followed by 10% bike riding, and about 5% aerobic exercise. While these statistics are approximate, researchers did look at how often each man worked out. Although all the men who exercised saw a lower death risk, walking or running alone did not seem to bring any benefit. Instead, it was the combination of food and lifestyle choices, coupled with regular exercise that led to the increased overall well-being of these survivors.
That said, the study had a significant drawback. In that, all the of data collected was self-reported. Researchers were not eyewitness observers of participants’ exercise regiments or lifestyle choices. Instead, participants documented their statistics, after that submitting them to the researchers.
The Conclusion of The Study
All of this said, what is the conclusion? With the myriad of options and treatments available, every loss of human life is a tragedy—albeit by cancer or any other means. It is imperative for every person living to take his health seriously. And why not? We place considerable concern on our freedoms, our rights, and our possessions; why not put equal or even more significant interest in our very lives!
It is recommended for healthy living that each person moderately exercise about 150 minutes weekly or 75 minutes vigorously. This regimen is only the beginning. Men who have made unwise health and lifestyle choices in the past should consult their physician to begin a regimen suited to their needs. To that extent, men who are now able to see the results of their choices surfacing in their health will want to act quickly. While no one can conclusively determine what factors may or may not altogether prevent prostate cancer, there are many opportunities to lessen its blow, help manage it and overall improve living conditions now and into the future.