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Yoga Can Help Cancer Patients Cut the Risk of Disease Spreading or Returning: Study

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Having a twice-a-week yoga practice has recently been shown to be effective at reducing symptoms of fatigue in people with cancer, as well as reducing the likelihood of a beaten cancer from returning.

18 million people around the world develop various forms of cancer every year, and it’s well known that physical inactivity increases the risk of getting cancer.

On top of that, it’s known that most forms of exercise prevent it—the same is true for yoga, which was just the subject of an investigation by what the Guardian newspaper called “the world’s leading cancer researchers.”

Three studies presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the world’s largest cancer conference, together suggest that prescribing rest for a patient suffering from low energy levels or fatigue is not the best health measure.

In one of the studies, directed by the University of Rochester Medical Centre, 500 cancer patients that had received a treatment program for their cancer between 2 weeks and 5 years in the past were randomly assigned to either a control group or an intervention group that involved two 75-minute yoga classes per week.

“Our data suggest that yoga significantly reduces inflammation among cancer survivors,” the study’s authors wrote in a report published at the ASCO meeting. “Clinicians should consider prescribing yoga for survivors experiencing inflammation, which may lead to a high chronic toxicity burden and increased risk of progression, recurrence, and second cancers.”

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