CLL/SLL is classified as one of the many Non Hodgkin's Lymphomas (NHL), so I was interested to read that people that engage in vigorous physical activity may have a lower risk of developing NHL:
“We know that being physically active reduces the risk of colon cancer and breast cancer, and also leads to a range of other physical and mental health benefits,” said study author Terry Boyle, PhD, of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
“Our findings suggest that people who do vigorous physical activity may also have a lower risk for NHL.”
The article concludes that more research is needed to verify the study results and mentions plans to investigate whether physical activity influences the risk for different types of NHL in different ways.
It might be too late for us, but perhaps this news could encourage our children to hopefully counteract their higher risk of developing familial CLL by undertaking regular vigorous physical exercise. They'll still gain from the other recognised benefits of exercise.
Food for thought,
Photo: Vineyards provide a splash of welcome green in our dry summers (when this photo was taken), but are now providing plenty of opportunity for exercise with the leaves gone and the vines needing pruning. While much of the pruning is automated, pruners still need to do a final manual clean-up.