People with stage III colon cancer have better outcomes when they avoid certain meat products, consume more plants, and have a healthy body weight, according to a new study from the University of California San Francisco. Researchers analyzed the diet and lifestyles of 992 stage III colon cancer patients over a period of seven years. Those with a body mass index between 18.5 and 24.9 kg/m2 who exercised and followed a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and low in red/processed meats had longer overall survival and disease-free survival rates, compared with patients who did not meet these parameters.
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