While you might think that is the right way to go, a new study finds that there is a group of cancer survivors who do not change their lifestyle.
Having cancer makes one realize how mortal he or she is, and how fleeting life on this planet can be. But not everyone who knows that react to prolong whatever dwindling life there is left in them. Many have varied reactions and reasons.Although cancer survivors frequently eat better and exercise more after their diagnosis, the researchers found that not all survivors make healthy changes. For instance, 20 percent of cancer survivors smoke, a rate that is only slightly lower than that seen in the general population.
Studies also suggest that between 30 and 60 percent of survivors eat healthier after their diagnosis, but many remain overweight or obese, and appear to gain weight over time.
Overall, men, survivors older than the age of 65, less educated individuals and people living in urban areas were less likely to make or maintain healthy lifestyle changes after learning they had cancer.
[ Reuters Health, Jul 28 2005 ]
I believe it all depends on how much hope they have in their hearts, and how open their mind is to a reality that comes too sudden, and too abrupt.