Monday, June 11, 2012

Cancer Survivors

During April of this year The American Cancer Society released new guidelines for cancer survivors. In the past there has been little concrete information on the issue of preventing the return of cancer. Now it is advised that maintaining a healthy weight and healthy eating habits are important for cancer survivors and really for all of us. I will quote the article.
“The straightforward guidelines for those who have had breast, prostate, or colorectal cancer are:

  • Limit high-calorie foods
  • Drink fewer beverages high in fat or added sugar
  • Eat more low-calorie foods like vegetables and fruits
  • Add more physical activity throughout the day”

We all know that being active leads to a more positive outlook. How many times have you finished a workout feeling much better than when you started the workout?  “Studies are showing that the risk of the cancer returning in those who are physically active is drastically reduced, especially for breast, prostate, colon, and ovarian cancers.” It kind of blows the theory that the horse is already out of the barn so why bother. There is hope for lessening the risk of return of the disease. The hope might be what is described in "Successful Aging" as good old fashion clean living.

The American College of Sports Medicine along with The American Cancer Society encourages cancer survivors to exercise a minimum of 2 1/2
hours of exercise per week, including two sessions of strength training.
Source: Exercise ETC. Rupert Shepherd B.Sc.