The importance of promoting physical activity for cancer survivorship
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Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in many countries, including New Zealand. Projections suggest that New Zealand will have over 22,000 new cancer cases in 2011, a substantial increase from the 15,000 cases reported in 2005.1 This increased number of new cancer cases may reflect the ageing of the population, insufficient levels of physical activity, poor dietary choices, other unhealthy lifestyle choices such as smoking as well as improvements in cancer detection.2 improvements in treatment modalities for many common cancers also appear to be contributing to many more individuals with cancer living longer post-diagnosis.3
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