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I'm Jeff and I'm in control.

Jeff was determined to maintain fitness despite a cancer diagnosis.

My name's Jeff, and you can take control just like me

Keen runner Jeff admits he was scared and apprehensive when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer aged 61.

But, with the support of his friends and family, he took on a number of endurance tests to help prepare his body for surgery.

Jeff has since returned to running – even competing in a cross country series.

Be the difference

Several studies have shown that exercise is safe, possible and helpful for many people with cancer –  but you should always check with your doctor first.

There are very good reasons for exercising. It can improve your quality of life and help you feel better. Some studies show that it can help to speed up recovery after cancer treatment. Regular exercise can also reduce stress and give you more energy.

If you’re having treatment, or have recently finished, it’s fine to start exercising if you feel like it. How much you do really depends on how fit you are generally.

If you’ve never done much exercise, you’ll have to build up gradually. If you do too much one day, you might feel tired and sore the next day. Don’t feel that you always have to do more than yesterday. Some days you’ll have more energy than others.

But try not to let past lack of exercise put you off starting altogether. Gentle walking or swimming is fine for just about everyone. You can still build up day by day.

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