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VCU Massey Cancer Center

Physical activity

Being physically active as a cancer survivor

Exercise reaps the most benefits of any other health habit that we can practice. Across many types of cancer, body weight is related to cancer risk, both for developing a primary cancer and for a recurrence. The good news is that physical activity is something over which most survivors have control.

We all have non-modifiable risk factors — things we cannot change like family history, age and gender. That makes it even more important to reduce the risks we can influence with everyday healthy behaviors, including exercise.  

In a presentation entitled, “Being Physically Active as a Cancer Survivor,” Diane Baer Wilson, Ed.D., M.S., R.D., associate professor at VCU Massey Cancer Center and expert on cancer risk reduction, discusses why people who exercise regularly are less likely to develop cancer and more likely to survive longer after a cancer diagnosis.