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Three minutes of exercise can ward off cancer

Posted on Oct 28, 08:36AM | IANS

Just three minutes of physical exercise a day could play a major role in fighting cancer, as it can trigger a dramatic change in the immune system to keep the disease at bay, say researchers.

Researchers have found keeping oneself fit can not only help stop cancer returning, for those who have already suffered it, but may also prevent the disease from striking in the first place, the Daily Express reported Saturday.

Researchers from the University of Nebraska said that exercise also reduces the chances of getting cancer altogether in people who have never had the disease.

In their study it was found cancer survivors, completing who completed a 12-week whole body workout exercise programme, exercising just three times a week after finishing their chemotherapy treatment, "remodelled" their immune systems. It then became more efficient and effective, helping to protect against the disease returning.

According to Laura Bilek, associate professor at the university's medical centre, the findings, published by the American Physiological Society, highlight the importance of exercise for those with cancer and cancer survivors.

They might benefit in particular from the heightened ability of the immune system to seek out and destroy budding cancers so-called "cancer surveillance", she said.