Medical Journal – Houston June 1, 2010
In this article, UTMB Dr. Victor Sierpina notes that cancer ranks second to heart disease for mortality. However, it’s estimated that nearly 12 million people in the U.S. have been successfully treated. From 1996 to 2003, the overall five-year survival rate for adults diagnosed with cancer was 65 percent. Those survivors are looking for ways to reduce the risk of recurrence and prolong their lives. The American Cancer Society recommends maintaining a healthy weight; exercising at least 30 minutes per day, five days a week; eating a healthy diet, including five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day; and limiting alcohol intake. He cites several studies that showed a better outcome for patients following these guidelines. He notes that physicians can help patients be survivors by getting back to the basics of a healthy lifestyle.