FRIDAY, Dec. 23 (HealthDay News) -- The holiday season can be
especially meaningful for cancer survivors, but they need to take
steps to ensure they stay healthy through this often hectic and
One in 20 U.S. adults is a cancer survivor and their ranks are
growing. Many of these folks have long-term health needs due to the
disease and its treatment, experts at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer
Research Center pointed out in a center news release.
Karen Syrjala, co-director of the center's Survivorship Program,
offers holiday health tips for cancer survivors, including the
- Be prepared for your holiday stress points. Take steps to deal
with family conflicts or trying to do too much. For example, if you
have to see a difficult relative, plan something fun afterward so
you can look forward to doing something enjoyable.
- Take control of your time and eliminate holiday events or
traditions you feel you can do without. Also, try to postpone
non-holiday events until the new year.
- Make sure to schedule time with people who mean the most to
you. Spending time with those closest to you has a beneficial
effect on both the body and brain.
- Keep physically active during the holidays and all through the
year. It's good for your overall health and may even reduce your
- Eat a healthy diet. Focus more on giving your body what it
needs (such as fruits and vegetables) and less on trying not to eat
certain foods. Eating healthy foods before going to a party will
make it easier to resist sweets and other unhealthy foods. Consult
a nutritionist if you're not sure what is healthy for you or if you
have digestion problems.
- Avoid alcohol or drink in moderation. Alcohol has been linked
with an increased risk of cancer.
- Find time to relax your body and mind, and tend to your body's
needs. If you're having physical problems, make a list and schedule
an appointment with your doctor in the new year. Knowing you have a
plan for dealing with these problems can ease your mind during the
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more
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