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Healthier Lifestyle Linked to Lower Risk for Cancer Death


Cancer survivors who adhere to a healthy lifestyle, which includes never smoking, light alcohol intake, sufficient physical activity, a healthy diet, and an optimal body mass index (BMI), may lower their risk for cancer-related and all-cause mortality.


  • Cancer survivors often face long-term health problems and reduced quality of life. While modifiable risk factors can affect cancer survival, the specific influence of adopting a healthy lifestyle on overall cancer survival is still uncertain.
  • Researchers in this study examined five lifestyle factors (BMI, cigarette smoking, alcohol drinking, diet, and physical activity) in 37,095 cancer survivors from the United States, the United Kingdom, and China.
  • A total of 18,990 cancer survivors reported never smoking, 14,768 reported light alcohol consumption, 17,260 reported a healthy diet, 18,141 reported adequate physical activity, and 14,739 reported an optimal BMI.
  • Healthy lifestyle scores were created by summing these factors, ranging from 0 to 5, with
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