Eat Right To Battle Cancer

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 9:34am

Healthy diet and exercise can extend the life of cancer patients.

Fay Hogan has brain cancer.

She was diagnosed in April of 2010 and the news was devastating.

She was told she only had one year left to live.

Her doctor told her she could increase her chances for survival by eating healthy and staying as active as possible.

Studies show that eating foods like green leafy vegetables which are high in Vitamin A can help prevent cancer and help those who already have it to fight the disease.

Dr. Molly Brewer says eating right and exercising helps to maintain a healthy body mass index, or BMI.

People with high BMIs are more likely to develop some cancers.

"The cancers that are most strongly associated with body mass index are uterine cancer, endometrial cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer. Those are the ones we know of," she says. "Good health is a lifelong, really, endeavor and it's associated with a good diet, exercise, and a balance in your life."

Gyms and personal trainers can help get you on track.

Personal trainer Richard DeStefano says everyone should do 30 minutes of aerobic activity five times per week, and stick to the program.

"A lot of people find excuses. I think that if you've got the schedule and you put you in there, and you have that hour for you, you'll make the time and do something," he says.

One year after her diagnosis fay is defying the odds.

She is getting around on her own, cooking, and even traveled to Germany for a much needed vacation.

"People that haven't seen me in a long time say I look terrific right now, and that puts a smile on my face," she says.

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