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American Cancer Society 2022 Nutrition and Physical Activity Guideline for Cancer Survivors Shows Obesity Linked to Recurrence and Mortality for Some Cancer Types
ATLANTA, March 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Regular physical activity and a healthy diet are two of the most important modifiable factors in long-term health for cancer survivors, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS) 2022 Nutrition and Physical Activity Guideline for Cancer Survivors released today in the ACS journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.
Today, the cancer survival rate is 68% and there are 16.9 million cancer survivors in the United States.
A committee of scientific experts in nutrition, physical activity, oncology, community health and disparities reviewed the evidence that has accumulated since the publication of the last Guideline for survivors in 2012. Since then, the evidence has grown substantially, although many gaps remain, especially for the less common cancers.
Recommendations to improve long-term health and increase the likelihood of survival include:
“The link to a healthy diet and regular exercise in long-term cancer survival has become even more clear during the last several years,” said Dr. Arif Kamal, American Cancer Society Chief Patient Officer. “We encourage all survivors to work with their care team to develop a program tailored to their individual needs, especially if they are experiencing symptoms or side effects that interfere with their ability to eat well or be active.”
Additionally, physical activity increases the chance of survival among survivors of several common cancer types – breast cancer, colorectal cancer and prostate cancer, among others. Obesity in breast, endometrial and bladder cancer patients is associated with worse outcomes. Eating a “Western-style” diet (high in red and processed meat, high-fat dairy, refined grains, French fries, sweets and desserts) is associated with worse outcomes in colorectal, breast and prostate cancer survivors. The ACS Guideline recommends a healthy diet rich in vegetables, legumes, fruit, whole grains and low in red and processed meat, sugar-sweetened beverages, highly processed foods and refined grain products. The Mediterranean diet is an example of a healthy diet associated with improved outcomes in prostate cancer patients.
“The good news from this report is that diet and exercise can improve outcomes for survivors of some cancers,” Dr. Kamal said. “However, there is still a lot we don’t know, especially for cancer types that are less common or have lower survival rates, which is why ACS is committed to continuing to conduct and support research on this important topic.”
Other highlights of the report include:
Rock CL, Thomson CA, Sullivan KR, et al. American Cancer Society nutrition and physical activity guideline for cancer survivors. CA Cancer J Clin. 2022. https://doi.org/10.3322/caac.21719
Guideline URL: https://acsjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.3322/caac.21719
Corresponding Patient Page URL (this is a consumer-friendly summary of the guideline):
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is on a mission to free the world from cancer. We invest in lifesaving research, provide 24/7 information and support, and work to ensure that individuals in every community have access to cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. For more information, visit cancer.org.
SOURCE American Cancer Society
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