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Cancer Patients Need Support to Adopt Healthy Lifestyles

Cancer Patients Need Support to Adopt Healthy Lifestyles | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

Healthy lifestyles can benefit people with cancer, reducing recurrence and increasing long-term survival. But that knowledge alone is not enough to make cancer patients start exercising, and stop smoking and drinking, researchers report in the British Journal of Cancer. The study included 5,146 adults from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, and showed that the 433 who got cancer did not adopt healthier habits after diagnosis. Instead, they smoked and drank as much as those without cancer, and exercised even less. The researchers call for figuring out how to help cancer patients make lifestyle changes that can protect their health.

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British Journal of Cancer│May 22, 2013

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British Journal of Cancer│May 22, 2013

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British Journal of Cancer│May 22, 2013

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Cancer Survivors' Lifestyles Put Them at Risk for Heart Disease

Cancer Survivors' Lifestyles Put Them at Risk for Heart Disease | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

A new study suggests that cancer survivors are at greater risk for heart disease, highlighting the need for incorporating lifestyle changes into their continuing care. In a self-reported survey, the researchers found that 1,582 people who had survived cancer (breast, colorectal, gynecologic, or prostate) also had more risk factors for cardiovascular disease including smoking, high body mass index, physical inactivity, hypertension, and diabetes. Hispanic and black survivors had more of these risk factors than white survivors. In addition, nearly one-third of those surveyed said that their health care provider had not suggested reducing their risk of heart disease by, for example, exercising and losing weight.

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Medical News Today│Apr 18, 2013

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Medical News Today│Apr 18, 2013

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Medical News Today│Apr 18, 2013