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Cancer patients "not getting info"

Cancer patients are not getting enough information on how they can prevent the disease from recurring, an expert claims.

Professor Martin Wiseman said large amounts of money are put into studies on stopping people initially suffering from cancer, but little is known about ways to stop the disease returning.

Prof Wiseman is a medical and scientific advisor for the World Cancer Research Fund, and believes more research must be conducted on the role diet and exercise play in preventing recurrence.

He added it is currently difficult to give firm nutritional advice to people recovering from cancer.

"There has been a vast amount of research over the last 10 years on the nutritional factors that cause or protect people from cancer," he said.

"But there has not been enough that has focused on what sort of lifestyle choices people who have already had the disease can make to reduce their chances of it recurring.

"This means there is a real hole in our knowledge, and it also means that the thousands of people in the UK who have been diagnosed with cancer simply do not know what to do for the best.

"At the moment, the advice we give is to follow the general cancer prevention recommendations, but there is plenty of room for more and better evidence."

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