Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Too Few Cancer Survivors Pursue Healthy Lifestyles

“’Cancer survivors who eat more fruits and vegetables, stay physically active and avoid tobacco have a higher quality of life than those who don't do these things. The bad news is that many cancer survivors aren't eating right and aren't exercising enough, although a good three-quarters do follow recommendations not to light up. ‘We all know that living a healthy lifestyle, eating well, being physically active and not smoking reduces the risk of physical problems and improves overall physical health,’ said Kevin Stein, director of Quality of Life Research at the American Cancer Society's Behavioral Research Center. ‘Here we have additional evidence that it not only reduces disease burden but also improves emotional health and quality of life and, moreover, the effect appears to be cumulative. The more you comply, the better your quality of life.’”

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