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RUNNING AND CANCER

MANY OF US HAVE BEEN TOUCHED BY CANCER – AND EVEN THE VERY WORD CAN INSTIL FEAR IN US. HOWEVER, AS RUNNERS WE ARE ABLE TO PROTECT OURSELVES IN SOME WAY. HERE DR JULIET MCGRATTAN LOOKS AT THE BENEFITS OF EXERCISE IN CANCER PREVENTION AND TREATMENT

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Cancer Research UK tells us that every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. Also one in two people born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime.

These are scary statistics and it’s unlikely that any of you reading this haven’t been affected by cancer in some way. I don’t need to tell you that the consequences can be devastating. Anyone who has been told they have cancer will be seeking ways to improve their chances of survival and others will be wondering what they can do to reduce their risk of developing it.

While I’m in no way suggesting you can definitely avoid cancer through running, I think it’s important that the benefits of exercise in cancer prevention and treatment are more widely known and, quite honestly, shouted about. When the very word cancer can strike fear into our hearts, it’s great to have something with an evidence-base for benefit, something we can all do and share with others. Let’s look at the relationship between cancer and running.

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Get inspired with our November issue of Women’s Running. Read our exclusive interview with cover star Chrissie Wellington, who shares her journey from amateur athlete to becoming four-time World Ironman Champion. Turn to page 48 and you’ll discover how you too can take your running to the next level – find out how one woman approached her first ultra and get all the tips you’ll need to up your distance. Struggling to find time to run for half an hour a week, never mind train for an ultra? No problem. We’ve got some great time-efficient sessions for women with manic lives. If running is strictly off limits for you at the moment due to injury, try our three cross-training plans to keep you sane – and your fitness up – while you recover. And if speed is your focus this autumn, don’t miss our expert advice on getting faster, as we show you how to find your top gear. Enjoy all this, plus all of the usual kit picks, inspiration, recipes, workouts and more!