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Colorectal Cancer: Managing Your Medical Care: Diagnosis to Treatment Decision

Use Your Diagnosis As A Wake Up Call To Start A Healthy Lifestyle

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A lifestyle known as a cancer diet and preventive lifestyle helps to get your body into the best condition to prevent a recurrence of cancer and the occurrence of other serious health conditions. The concepts behind a healthy lifestyle are science and time tested.

Do not expect to change overnight. Take small doable steps, one at a time. If you slip, don’t beat yourself up. Keep doing your best.

A cancer diet and preventive lifestyle involves the following steps:

  • Eat nutritiously
  • Be active. Get exercise - it doesn't have to be in a  gym
  • Get rest and appropriate sleep.
  • Take care of your mouth. Mounting evidence indicates that poor oral care can worsen serious medical problems. This is a good time to schedule a dental check up to take care of any potential problems before treatment begins.
  • If you smoke use your diagnosis as a wake up call to quit.
  • Avoid excessive use of alcohol.
  • Try to keep a positive attitude. We're not suggesting you become a Pollyanna. Work at keeping the focus on the half full side of the glass.
  • Think about getting a pet. It doesn't have to be a dog or a cat to help you feel better.

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