If, like an estimated 1.6 million Canadians, you’ve been diagnosed with, and treated for cancer, your risk of developing a number of conditions — from depression and anxiety to heart disease — is higher than it would be for someone with no history of cancer.
However, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to reduce those risks.
Increasingly, research is showing that the same habits that protect and maintain heart health are even more important for cancer survivors. For instance, regular physical activity and a plant-forward eating pattern don’t just cut the odds of developing some of these other chronic health ills, they also seem to reduce the risk of both cancer recurrence and premature death.
The health feature I wrote on the subject — ‘Living Well With Cancer’ — for Good Times magazine may be five years old, but the advice it contains is no less relevant today.