A sporting chance to defeat cancer

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Local sport from the Boston Standard, Lincolnshire: bostonstandard.co.uk/sport, on Twitter @standardduncan

Lincolnshire Sport and Macmillan Cancer Support have teamed up in a bid to improve cancer patient outcomes through physical activity.

The new partnership will see the delivery of a two-year pilot project which will encourage and support adults in the county who have had a cancer diagnosis to lead a more active lifestyle.

There are around 28,000 people living with and beyond cancer in Lincolnshire, with 3,000 new diagnoses every year.

With improved treatments and earlier screening, more than 50 per cent of those diagnosed will live for a decade or more, and the two-year pilot programme will encourage these patients to do what they can to help themselves by leading a healthy lifestyle.

There is robust evidence that being moderately active on a regular basis can help patients anywhere on their cancer journey.

Gentle exercise can help with preparation for surgery, as well as reduce side effects of treatment such as fatigue.

Regular activity will also develop mobility, strength, endurance and support the immune system in the long and short term.

Sarah Clarke, physical activity manager at Lincolnshire Sport, said: “According to research, a more active lifestyle can prevent further cancers developing, reduce hospital stays and offer better quality of life.”

For more information on the project contact Sarah Clarke on 01522 585 580 or email Sarah.Clarke@lincolnshiresport.com