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Physical activities improve quality of life, help prevent cancer and can reduce SUS expenditure, warns Inca

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Total expenditure for three types of cancer will be BRL 2.5 billion in 2030

According to a study, physical activities improve quality of life and help prevent cancer.  Photo: Pixabay.
According to a study, physical activities improve quality of life and help prevent cancer. Photo: Pixabay.

“Prevention is better than cure” is an old advice and recipe for success, especially in health. In addition to the physical and emotional exhaustion of the patient, the treatment of disease represents a significant investment in the public health system. A recent study published by the National Cancer Institute (Inca) warns that practicing physical activity can improve people’s health and prevent the development of certain types of cancer.

The activity improves the quality of life, prevents diseases and generates savings for the public health system. The study warns that increasing the practice of physical activities can generate savings of up to R$ 20 million with cancer treatment in 2040. For this, about a third of the Brazilian population must perform at least 150 minutes of physical exercise per week. , until 2030.

According to the study, the total expenditure for three types of cancer (breast, colorectal and endometrial, among the most frequent in Brazil) will be R$2.5 billion in 2030 and R$3.4 billion $ in 2040. The data indicates that the expenditures cover hospitalization and outpatient procedures performed in the Unified Health System (SUS) for cancer patients aged 30 or older.

“The benefits of movement are for everyone, regardless of reaching the goal of 150 minutes per week. An important tip, for it to be something natural, is to look for practices that give pleasure and that are carried out close to home or work. These actions are valid for the prevention of new cases of cancer and also for those who are undergoing treatment or who have already had the disease”, explains Fabio Carvalho, from the Prevention and Surveillance Department – Conprev .

*Information: Inca Press Office.

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