Nutrition and Cancer Survivors

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Nutrition and Cancer Survivors

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Welcome to Public Health Moment from the University of Minnesota. More than 12 million Americans are considered cancer survivors. And because cancer survivors die of non-cancer-related causes at much higher rates than the general public, researchers are calling for greater emphasis on improving nutrition as a way to improve the health of cancer survivors, while lowering health care costs. Kim Robien, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Minnesota, says that nutrition recommendations are generally the same for cancer survivors as they are for the general public. <Robien: “But the one thing to keep in mind is that cancer survivors are often at even higher risk of developing chronic diseases – such as cardio-vascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis – so you could say that it’s more important that cancer survivors follow these recommendations.”> And what specifically should cancer survivors focus on? <Robien: “Making sure that they maintain a healthy body weight, that they remain physically active, that they eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, drink alcohol in moderation. We also recommend that cancer survivors try to obtain their nutrients from foods rather than from supplements. There have been several studies that have linked supplement intake with higher cancer-specific and all-cause mortality among cancer survivors. But we don’t see that same effect when people are eating good amounts of these nutrients from foods.”> For Public Health Moment, I’m Mark Engebretson.



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Engebretson, Mark; Kim Robien. (2011). Nutrition and Cancer Survivors. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy,

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