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Cancer survivors want more lifestyle tips

Published: 06 Mar 2013

Recent research published by the British Journal of Cancer suggests that more than 80 per cent of cancer sufferers' close relatives and friends feel doctors ought to provide people who have cancer with lifestyle recommendations.

Cancer Research UK reports that researchers it is affiliated with, working at UCL – University College London – are behind the findings.

"Our new research suggests that the friends and family of cancer survivors are much more likely to see advice on exercise and healthy eating as beneficial, rather than insensitive," commented researcher Kate Williams.

Some 90 per cent of relatives and friends felt lifestyle recommendations would be 'beneficial'. More than 80 per cent felt doctors actually have a 'duty' when it comes to giving this sort of advice.

Meanwhile, among people who had actually survived cancer, over 80 per cent felt such advice would prove 'beneficial' and that doctors have a 'duty' when it comes to giving it.

Cancer Research UK gave word last month of new figures showing that male babies who are born in 2015 are set to have close to three times the chances of facing a diagnosis of prostate cancer while they're alive, compared to boys with 1990 birthdays.

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