“Those who walked at the slowest pace had more than twofold increased risk of death from any cause, compared with those reporting the fastest walking pace,” wrote the researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, the University of North Carolina, George Washington University and the National Cancer Institute.
The study is clear walking slowly doesn’t cause death, but the researchers found increased mortality rates in cancer survivors who embarked on daily strolls.
The link between slow walking and early death persisted across at least nine tumour types, including breast, colon, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, prostate, oral, melanoma, rectal, respiratory and urinary cancers.
“It’s important to improve our understanding of how the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of cancers may affect walking pace during survivorship — a potentially modifiable risk factor — which could lead to new treatment and rehabilitation strategies to improve the health of these patients,” lead author Elizabeth A. Salerno said in a statement.
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