Higher survival rate for head, neck cancer survivors with healthy lifestyle

April 3, 2009 2:50:50 PM PDT
Head and neck cancer patients who, in general, have lived healthy lifestyles have better survival rates. A U.S. study found that head and neck cancer patients who drank alcohol, smoked, didn't eat enough fruit and didn't exercise, had poorer survival rates than patients with healthier lifestyles.

Researchers say the next front is to look at whether changing health habits after diagnosis can change survival outcomes.

The study is the work of the university of Michigan School of Nursing and is published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.