Cancer Q’s with Dr. Raj: Heart Disease and Cancer
February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the number 1 cause of death in the USA and worldwide. Increasing evidence shows that what’s good for your heart has beneficial effects against cancer. “The same things that help prevent heart disease – regular exercise, a nutritious diet, maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking – also help reduce the risk of several types of cancer, including colon, breast, lung, bladder, kidney and pancreatic cancer,” says Dr. Rajendra. “Maintaining a healthy weight and exercising are particularly important. I encourage patients to make gradual changes in their diet and keep active, through their treatment and beyond. Don’t do too much all at once. Start with short walks and gradually work up to 120 minutes of moderate activity a week.” Cancer patients have an extra incentive to keep moving – regular exercise reduces the risk of recurrence. So take good care of your heart and reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.