6 June 2016
Responding to new research into the link between exercise, diet and breast cancer being presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) annual conference today Fran Woodard, Executive Director of Policy and Impact at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“This latest research adds to existing evidence which shows just how crucial it is that women with breast cancer are physically active1 and a healthy weight to give themselves the best chance of survival. But cancer treatment is gruelling and fatigue can seriously hamper someone’s best intentions.
“Asking a person with cancer about their lifestyle habits when they have just been diagnosed can be challenging and must be done sensitively. However this is an issue too important to tiptoe around.
“Arming people with supportive advice from the very start about how to manage their diet and keep themselves active before, during and after treatment should be standard practice. Knowledge is power and health professionals must not shy away from initiating these conversations with their patients.”
For further information, please contact:
Claire Keuls, Senior Media & PR Officer (Mon-Wed), Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4872 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
1 The physical activity guidelines from the UK Chief Medical Officers’ include specific recommendations for early years (under fives), children and young people (five-18 years) adults (19-64 years) and older adults (65+).
Department of Health (2011), UK Physical Activity Guidelines https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-physical-activity-guidelines
- All cancer patients can reduce their risk of getting side effects of cancer treatment by doing recommended levels of physical activity. These include fatigue, depression, osteoporosis and heart disease.
Macmillan Cancer Support, Move more report (2011)
Macmillan Cancer Support, The Importance of Physical Activity evidence review (2011)
Macmillan is able to support you to get active and stay active for more information visit www.macmillan.org.uk/movemore to request an information pack.
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