Physical Activity & Cancer

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Cancer is one of the leading killers in developed countries. In Scotland there are around 30,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed each year and it is estimated that one in three will develop cancer in their lifetime. For males, the most common cancers are prostate, lung and colorectal cancers, accounting for 53% of cancers in men. For females, the most common cancers are breast, lung and colorectal cancers, accounting for 55% of cancers in women.

Being physically active throughout our lives is known to reduce our risk of developing some forms of cancer. There is convincing evidence that physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of cancers of the colon and breast. Several studies also have reported links between physical activity and a reduced risk of cancers of the prostate, lung, and lining of the uterus.

Our Macmillan Walking Groups

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People living with cancer can benefit from being physically active during and after treatment. Together with Macmillan Cancer Support we are developing Macmillan Walking groups across Scotland to help those affected by cancer to be more active by walking. We offer short, local friendly walks for anyone affected by cancer, including friends, family and carers.

We currently have a number of Macmillan Walking Groups running in Glasgow and Dundee.

If you are interested in referring a patient to a Macmillan Walk or would like more information about the project please contact the Macmillan Walking Development Officer on 01259 222338 or email


Useful links:

Cancer Research UK 

icon Macmillian's Physical Activity Evidence Review

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