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
Here’s to your long life!