Health News Article- Soccer and Prostate Cancer

Published: June 22, 2014

Article Title: Men with Prostate Cancer Can Benefit From Playing Football, Study Finds

Article Source: http://www.hngn.com/articles/34311/20140622/men-prostate-cancer-benefit-playing-football-study-finds.htm

Article Review:

Through this health news article, just in time for the World Cup, researchers have found that prostate cancer patients have experienced benefits from playing soccer (football).  With this study, the focus group was men that averaged 67 years old who engaged in one-hour of soccer twice a week for a total of 12 weeks.

Researchers found that the games provided a way for men with prostate cancer to gain motivation and meet other individuals. As a result, the need for androgen deprivation therapy (used to curb the growth of cancer) was minimized as muscle strength was increased and body fat levels were reduced.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers for men in the United States.  In addition, it is the leading cause of cancer deaths amongst men of all races.  Over 233,000 will be reported in the United States alone this year, with almost 30,000 deaths resulting in 2014 from prostate cancer.

At Virginia Urology, we are passionate about learning about preventative ways to keep individuals healthy.  Through this study, we can see the importance of physical activity even during periods of cancer, and the added importance of camaraderie towards promoting better health during sickness.

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