Harvard Women's Health Watch

Surviving cancer-what happens next?

Almost 14 million cancer survivors—more than half of them women—are living in the United States today. Better survival odds make planning for life after cancer almost as important as planning treatment for the disease. Cancer-free does not mean home free—cancer that has been treated can return. But there are many things a cancer survivor can do to reduce the risk that cancer will return. New guidelines from the American Cancer Society offer three key steps: stay at a healthy weight; exercise for at least 150 minutes a week; and eat a diet high in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.
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