To have a healthy diet the main things to consider are:
- Eat the right amount to maintain a healthy weight
- Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables
- Eat plenty of foods rich in fibre and starch
- Avoid eating too much fatty food
- Avoid sugary food and drinks
These guidelines can be followed by everyone and may reduce the chances of getting heart disease and diabetes as well as certain types of cancer, including breast cancer. There is lots of information available on healthy eating from organisations such as NHS Direct and the Food Standards Agency.
Most people feel tired for a number of weeks or even months after they have had treatment for breast cancer. Once you have completed your treatment you should try to gradually increase your daily activity with the aim of trying to build up to three or more 20 minute sessions of moderate activity each week. There is evidence that maintaining a moderate level of physical exercise, such as taking a daily half hour walk is beneficial.
There is evidence that following a diagnosis of breast cancer, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding excessive weight gain is associated with an improved breast cancer survival.
You are advised not to smoke. If you do smoke and would like to quit, our stop smoking service has trained advisors who will offer free friendly support and advice to help you stop smoking.
Call them on 01670 813 135. There is also a free national helpline – 0800 022 4332.
You don’t need to avoid alcohol entirely. However, a number of research studies have indicated that increased alcohol intake may be associated with a slight increase in the risk of breast cancer. We would always advise that you should not drink in excess of the Department of Health’s recommendations – no more than two to three units of alcohol per day (where a unit equals a small glass of wine).