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Diet and exercise guidelines for cancer survivors

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New diet and exercise guidelines have been released for cancer survivors to help them keep healthy.

New diet and exercise guidelines have been released for cancer survivors to help them keep healthy.

The guidelines have been produced by the American Cancer Society, which claims 'reasonable conclusions' can be made on the correct diet and exercise, even though it does not know all the facts on nutrition and physical activity for cancer survivors..

The ACS recommends cancer survivors strive for a healthy weight, limit fat intake to 20%-35% of calories, eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids like fish, eat lean proteins like those in fish, lean meat and poultry, and include healthy carbohydrates such as fruit and veg, whole grains and legumes.

Cancer survivors should also weigh the pros and cons of modest drinking, but this may raise the risk of some cancers such as colon or breast cancer.

They should not eat take too many vitamins and make regular exercise a goal, although overdoing exercise may increase the risk of infection.

Breast cancer survivors should avoid high doses of soy and all cancer survivors should wash their hands before eating, taking special care when handling raw meat, fish, poultry and eggs.

A Cancer Journal for Clinicians (2006) 56:323-353

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