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Though it's impossible to rule out cancer recurrence entirely, here are some tips from Johns Hopkins Medicine to maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduce the risk of having the cancer return. It is important to note, however, that a recurrence of cancer is never the fault of the patient. Tip 1. Take care of yourself emotionally. - join a support group - stay informed about breast cancer research - volunteer and get involved with breast cancer advocacy or awareness groups - talk to your doctor, family, and friends about how you feel. Tip 2. Eat healthy. - at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day - organic foods whenever possible - wash fruit and vegetables thoroughly to wash off pesticides - eat less red meat (i.e. beef and pork) and more fish - increase fiber intake - eat less trans fats Tip 3. Reduce stress. - exercise 3-5 hours a week - join a support group - writing a journal, painting, drawing, or making crafts - massage, acupuncture, aromatherapy, or yoga - reach out to friends, family, and religious groups - take a vacation - meditation and reflection on the meaning in your experiences, good and bad Tip 4. Limit alcohol. Studies have shown a link between moderate and heavy drinking and breast cancer. High alcohol intake has also been shown to increase circulating estrogen levels in the body. Breast cancer survivors should limit their alcohol intake to a maximum of one drink a day to reduce the chance of a recurrence. Tip 5. Continue with regular health screenings and instructions. - continue taking your endocrine therapy drug as instructed. If cost is a concern, talk to your oncologist for alternatives. - mammograms - pap smears - flu shots and other vaccinations - annual physicals by your doctor - dental visits - bone density scans if recommended by your doctor - any other recommended tests Tip 6. Maintain a healthy weight. Women who are overweight are more likely to have their breast cancer come back. Staying at a healthy weight may reduce the chance of recurrence. Tip 7. Learn more about lymphedema. - learn about symptoms of lymphedema - find out how to lower your risk of lymphedema - know when to seek medical care
Thank you for compiling this; my best friends mom has been in remission for a long time and I know she often gets worried about this
Emotional support is so important. These are all great tips, thanks for presenting this so clearly.