Cancer survivors may be at increased risk of other health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and functional impairment, which could be alleviated through lifestyle interventions.
The adoption of a healthy lifestyle following cancer treatment can improve quality of life and reduce the risk of cancer recurrence. To do this, it is recommended that cancer survivors:
- Maintain a healthy body weight;
- Are physically active – aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate activity a day;
- Eat more vegetables and fruit – aim for two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables a day;
- Limit alcohol – no more than two standard drinks a day; and
- Handle and prepare food safely.
These recommendations should be considered in the context of cancer survivors’ individual health and social circumstances.
For a personalised diet and exercise program see our Healthy Living after Cancer program.