Following the UK study (here), a similar study from the American Cancer Society that confirms common sense:
- Get regular aerobic and resistance exercise;
- Eat a diet low in red meat and saturated fats, and high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains;
- Use other weight-management strategies, such as portion control, to reach and maintain a healthy weight
It’s not rocket science. After all, these are the same things healthy people are told to do to maintain overall fitness. But for cancer survivors, the stakes are even higher: in addition to the risk of recurrence, they also tend to be at increased risk of developing a second primary cancer.
So one might think they would be more inclined to take care of their overall health. But, in fact, Doyle says, “cancer survivors are no more likely to meet recommendations” than anybody else. She says the strength of the current evidence should be “a call to action” for the growing millions of cancer survivors.
For some of us, lifestyle changes may be easier than others for a variety of reasons (education, income, community), but the evidence is clear.