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.
See the Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Survivors Position Statement for more information.