Exercise and Cancer
Regular exercise helps lower your risk for many types of cancer by helping you maintain a healthy weight and lose fat. Plus, it produces hormones that help reduce stress and lower your blood pressure.
To reap the health benefits, you should aim for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of more vigorous physical activity each week.
Read our experts’ advice and tips, and use our training tools to help you exercise.
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Get our exercise training guide and use our chart to determine if your activity is moderate or vigorous.
7-day exercise plan
- Monday: Cardio and upper body weight training
- Tuesday: Circuit training
- Wednesday: Lower body strength training
- Thursday: Preventing cancer with cardio
- Friday: Cardio, back and stomach exercises
- Weekend exercise plan: Stay active
Exercises for cancer patients and survivors (play all or make a selection below).
Check your cancer risk
By completing Cancer Risk Check, you can determine your risk for certain cancers and get the tools you need to take steps toward a healthier lifestyle.
Lyda Hill Cancer Prevention Center
Did you know you can get your mammogram or prostate exam at MD Anderson's Lyda Hill Cancer Prevention Center? Most major insurance plans are accepted. Schedule an appointment today by calling 1-877-632-6789.