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Healthy lifestyle leads to better survival in colorectal cancer, study finds

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1671 (Published 13 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1671
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

Patients who followed a healthy lifestyle were more likely to survive stage III colorectal cancer in a large prospective cohort study from nearly two dozen university medical centers in the US and Canada.1

“To our knowledge, no prior study has evaluated the ACS [American Cancer Society] guidelines in relation to survival,” the researchers wrote. “Patients with colon cancer who had a healthy body weight, were physically active, and ate a diet rich in vegetables and fruits and chose whole over refined grains had a 42% lower risk of death during the [five year] study period than patients who did not engage in these behaviors.”

Furthermore, patients who changed to a healthier lifestyle after diagnosis had a …

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