ACS Confirms Diet, Exercise, and Weight Control Important for Cancer Survivors

by: cancercompass

It’s becoming standard knowledge that diet and exercise are important when it comes to staying healthy. Though this is accepted among individuals who have never faced cancer, questions can arise among those who have been recently diagnosed, as well as people who have completed treatment years ago.

New information from the American Cancer Society (ACS) has confirmed our suspicions that diet and exercise are truly important for everyone!

According to a new study released by ACS published today, scientific evidence demonstrates that “healthy nutrition and physical activity behavior after a diagnosis can lower the chances of the cancer coming back, and can improve the chances of disease-free survival.”

Here are some of the key findings of the report:

-After treatment, it is important to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

-After being diagnosed, avoid inactivity and return to your normal daily activities as soon as possible.

-Aim to exercise at least 150 minutes per week.

-Be aware of food safety issues, which can be a bigger concern for cancer survivors who are susceptible to infections.

-Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.  

These are just a few of the recommendations brought forth by ACS, and the study also includes answers to numerous recurring questions, such as “does sugar feed cancer?” By the way, the answer to that question is “no.”

If you have a moment, take the time to read the entire abstract. The report was written specifically for health care providers, but also includes short summaries and recommendations for survivors and caregivers.