Whether you are a cancer survivor seeking ways to navigate your way to healthier eating habits, or someone who wants to reduce risk of cancer without jumping from one hyped-up claim to another, taking stock of the variety in your everyday food choices can be an excellent starting point. This step fits well as part of AICR’s iTHRIVE Plan for survivors, as well as AICR’s New American Plate Challenge that combines cancer risk reduction strategies with a realistic approach to managing weight. Expanding variety of foods like vegetables, whole grains, fruits and pulses (dried beans, dried peas and lentils) can improve the quality of your overall eating habits and make healthful eating more fun.
There are over 15 million cancer survivors in the United States alone, and that number is growing every year. Survival rates have improved due to earlier detection and improved treatments. However, cancer survivors face specific challenges linked to their diagnosis and treatment. AICR continues to provide answers to questions that will help people live and thrive beyond a cancer diagnosis.
The iTHRIVE Plan – and all of our collaborative work – began with our shared vision: to ease the suffering caused by cancer and help transform cancer care in this country. This vision arose from our perspectives as professionals, but also from our deep personal experiences. We are both cancer thrivers (Karolyn is a 23+ year survivor of ovarian cancer and Lise was diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago!). To make our vision come alive we vowed to provide people diagnosed with cancer trustworthy guidance and information about evidence-based lifestyle wellness strategies that have the ability to heal in a variety of ways. This vision has indeed guided our work together ever since.