A new study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research, reviewed 572 prostate cancer patients and found that those who walked at a faster pace before their diagnosis had more regularly shaped blood vessels in their prostate tumors than those who walked slowly.
Specifically, men with the fastest walking pace (3.3 miles to 4.5 miles per hour) before diagnosis had 8 percent more regularly shaped blood vessels than those with the slowest walking pace (1.5 miles to 2.5 miles per hour).
Men with prostate tumors containing more regularly shaped blood vessels have a more favorable prognosis compared with men with prostate tumors containing mostly irregularly shaped blood vessels.
According to the study’s authors, “the findings suggest a possible mechanism by which exercise may improve outcomes in men with prostate cancer, Although data from randomized, controlled trials are needed before we can conclude that exercise causes a change in vessel regularity or clinical outcomes in men with prostate cancer, our study supports the growing evidence of the benefits of exercise, such as brisk walking, for men with prostate cancer.”1
1 – Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco