Brisk Walking may Help Fight Prostate Cancer?

Just as we recently found out that coffee may help reduce the risk of prostate cancer, a new study reveals that brisk walking may actually help fight the disease in the early stages.

The study, published in the June 1 edition of Cancer Research, involved 1,455 men who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in its earliest stages, which meant that it had not yet begun to spread. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and the Harvard School of Public Health followed up the participants over the course of 31 months, and recorded 117 events, including disease recurrence, bone tumors, and deaths caused by prostate cancer.


The study also notes that the type of walking is also important. The walking needed to be brisk, or at a faster-than-usual pace. Typical slow or easy walking had little to no effect on reducing prostate cancer at all. Erin Richman, ScD, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, and lead researcher of the study says that “the important point was the intensity of the activity. The walking had to be brisk for men to experience a benefit.”

The study showed that men who performed brisk walking at a pace of 3 miles an hour for at least 3 hours a week were 57% less likely to experience cancer recurrence or to need a second round of treatment for the disease.

The researchers believe that brisk walking might affect prostate cancer progression by changing blood levels of certain proteins that have been shown in the lab to encourage cancer growth.


Another study, published earlier this year, by June Chan, ScD, of the University of California, San Francisco, along with researchers at Harvard, also suggested that increased physical activity reduced the incidence of death from the disease.

Physical activity is not only excellent if regularly done for one’s health and happiness in general, but is now also being shown to help prostate cancer sufferers as well, so it’s a great idea to get moving and help your body if you’re one of these survivors. Of course, however, just to be on the safe side, before engaging in any type of physical activity, consult with your doctor first to make sure that the exercise will be beneficial for you, and not make anything any worse.


Noel Blanco

Hello, I'm Noel Blanco and I write Fitness Philippines. I have been involved in physical fitness for more than 10 years now and am currently taking up graduate studies on Exercise and Sports Science at the University of the Philippines.

6 thoughts on “Brisk Walking may Help Fight Prostate Cancer?

  • May 28, 2011 at 11:20 am

    There are many other solutions, studies about herbs as Scutellaria barbata have proven that these ones are able to cause apoptosis (the process of programmed cell death) and help in the treatment of prostate cancer, others as Pectin, found in carrots, oranges, apples and apricots, showed in male and female patients with breast and prostate cancer to be effective on fighting cancer cells migration, this in addition to regular exercise and less alcohol intake may help.

  • May 28, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Does the study recommend a particular heart rate to achieve with brisk walking to reduce prostate cancer, or is it just the activity of brisk walking that helps?

    • May 28, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      Hi, I don’t think the study recommends a specific heart rate, just the activity of brisk walking as a minimum intensity for physical activity.

  • May 25, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I want to tell my fellow viewers what is brisk walking?
    Brisk walking is, if you get late for a party or something important, how fast will you walk, is brisk walking.

  • May 25, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Exercise is just the key to solve many know problems and illnesses. About prostate cancer, there are many studies proving the effectiveness of exercise, not only to fight prostate cancer but also to increase live expectancy of those suffering from it and even enhance sleep quality. In a study from the University of Rochester among prostate cancer patients, it was demonstrated that there was a greater improvement in sleep quality among those practising regular exercise.


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