Physicians need to talk to cancer survivors about exercise, healthy diet, and supplements

The AP reports, “New guidelines issued by the American Cancer Society urge doctors to talk to … cancer” survivors “about eating right, exercising, and slimming down if they’re too heavy.”

The NPR “Shots” blog reports, “Published … online by CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, the guidelines are based on the results of more than 100 studies released since 2006, the last time ACS weighed in on the issue.”

The CNN “The Chart” blog reports, “The guidelines suggest eating a healthy diet that’s high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, poultry and fish, and avoiding a diet containing refined food products, red and processed meats, high fat dairy products and fried foods.”

MedPage Today reports, “Dietary supplements, on the other hand, won’t offer any additional benefits, the researchers wrote.”

MedPage Today reports, “Consumers need more information and guidance about the potential risks, as well as the benefits, of using dietary supplements for cancer prevention, authors of another review concluded.”

New “evidence has shown that high doses of certain supplements can actually increase the risk of cancer, Maria Elena Martinez, PhD, of the University of California San Diego, and co-authors wrote in a commentary published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.”

The authors wrote, “Both the scientific community and government regulators need to provide clear guidance to the public about the use of dietary supplements to lower cancer risk.”

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