Are Cancer Survivors Pursuing Healthier Lifestyles?
The Better Life Experts | September 11, 2008

The Journal of Clinical Oncology released a report in May, 2008, from a study examining the diets and lifestyles of 9,105 breast, prostate, colorectal, bladder, uterine, and skin melanoma survivors. Only 5% of this survivor group met all three of the common recommendations for increased fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity and smoking cessation.

Even though 83% to 92% of this group are non-smokers (good for them), only 15-20% meet the fruit and vegetable recommendation, and 30-37% reach the recommendation for physical activity. Current research shows that cancer survivors have a higher health related quality of life based upon the number of recommendations met: Get at least 150 minutes of moderate to strenuous exercise every week; eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day; quit smoking.

Come on survivors…you deserve a pat on the back if you have quit smoking – we ex-smokers know how difficult it is to quit. But if you really want to increase your chances of a good quality of health post cancer, increase your daily consumption of fruits and vegetables (preferably organic) and exercise consistently.

Here’s to your long life!
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