Healthy eating can lower risk for developing, recurring cancer

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Research supports that being overweight or obese puts individuals at greater risk for developing certain forms of cancers, as well as a myriad of other diseases.

By eating a healthy, balanced diet, individuals can help maintain a healthy weight and lower their risk for developing cancer or recurrent cancer.

Integrating plenty of vegetables into your daily diet is critical for receiving the proper amount of nutrition each day.

Vegetables, along with fruits, contain antioxidants and phytochemicals, which are nutrients that protect cells from free radical damage—a form of cell damage that may lead to cancer.

Incorporating vegetables into meals can be easy.

By just adding peppers, onions and/or mushrooms to your morning omelet or layering your turkey sandwich with spinach and sliced tomatoes, you are adding more nutrients to each meal.

Many studies have shown that long-term lifestyle modifications, such as maintaining a nutrient-rich, well-balanced diet and exercising, help reduce the risk of cancer recurrence, as well as promote higher energy levels and overall well-being.

Cancer survivors’ taste preferences and tolerance levels of certain foods vary during and after treatment.

This is why Cone Health Cancer Center incorporates nutritional counseling into their patients’ treatment plans to encourage healthy lifestyles and keep them on the journey through survivorship.

Spokesperson Background:
Julie Robertson is a registered dietitian at the Lifestyle Center at Alamance Regional Medical Center.

Robertson received a Bachelor of Science in biology (with a concentration in nutrition) from NC State University in 2000, and received a Master of Science in nutrition from Meredith College in 2003.

She has been with Alamance Regional Medical Center for eight years.