World Cancer Day 2017
This year World Cancer Day draws attention to the relation between sports and the quality of life of cancer patients. Recent international research conducted by Dr. Buffart – where results of previous studies were combined – on cancer patients with different types of cancer revealed that physical exercise has a significant effect on the quality of life and the physical condition. Both during and after the treatment, patients who took part in sports, showed a remarkable progress. This positive effect increased when practicing sport under professional supervision.
The Anticancer Fund specifies in the Guide for patients “Nutrition and physical exercise” the importance of a healthy lifestyle, more specific: a proper nutrition and sufficient physical exercise. The guide groups all recommendations established by specialists worldwide. These recommendations underline the importance of a healthy body weight that can be obtained by a balanced eating pattern based on mainly vegetable and high-fibre food with a lot of fruit, vegetables and wholegrain products, a reduced use of alcohol and little red and treated meat and a smoking ban. In addition to the previous, is regular physical exercise necessary to maintain a healthy body weight. The recommendations prescribe to, if possible, do at least 30 minutes of exercise a day (walking, running, gardening,…). The quantity and intensity depends from person to person and depends on the treatment of the patient, but it is essential to avoid inactivity.