Taking control of your health

Cancer survivors will benefit from maintaining or adopting a healthier lifestyle after their cancer treatment. This could include achieving a healthy body weight, eating a healthy diet, being physically active, protecting yourself from the sun, stopping smoking or cutting down on alcohol.

Research suggests that a healthy lifestyle (in combination with conventional treatment) can stop or slow the development of many cancers. Research also shows that some people who have had cancer may be at an increased risk of other health problems, such as heart disease or type 2 diabetes.

While more research needs to be done in this area, the lifestyle changes recommended for cancer prevention may also help reduce the risk of the cancer coming back or a new cancer developing. Such lifestyle changes can also help prevent other health problems. Make sure you see your GP for regular lifestyle health checks. Find out more at cutyourcancerrisk.org.au. You might also be interested in our healthy living programs.

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