Cancer survivors age faster

The risk every cancer survivor needs to know about

If you’re a cancer survivor, congratulations.

But even if the cancer never returns… even if you remain tumor-free for life… you can’t let your guard down.

Cancer and cancer treatments can leave behind something far worse than any scar.

While those scars may fade over time, the disease and many of the toxic therapies people turn to for help can cause invisible damage.

And over time, it doesn’t fade.

It gets WORSE.

The latest research reveals how cancer and cancer therapies can speed up your biological clock, leading to faster aging and a whole new set of serious health risks long after your fight with the disease.

In this study, researchers put aging Americans who survived having cancer to the test against peers who never had the disease.

The unfortunate reality is that the cancer survivors often did worse by several key measures.

In walking tests, they took 14 seconds longer and felt worse afterward, getting winded more easily while showing more fatigue and less endurance.

Compared to the folks who never had cancer, it was as if they had 1.6 times the normal decline in speed and endurance you’d expect from age alone.

While it might seem like it’s “only” a walking test, it’s not just a matter of moving slower and having less energy (although both of those conditions could have an impact on day-to-day living).

They’re also indications of the aging process accelerating in your body on a cellular level.

They’re such reliable warnings that a simple walking test on its own – regardless of whether you’ve had cancer – can often measure your risk for everything from heart problems to dementia.

The new report is also right in line with other studies that show how cancer survivors often suffer years later from declines in key functions in the brain, heart, and more.

Many folks who’ve survived the disease know and expect it. They think it’s the price of beating cancer.

But it’s not.

You can fight cancer, win, and come out the other side feeling better than ever.

The key is to make sure that detoxifying therapies are part of your plan, both during your cancer treatment and in the months and years that follow.

These treatments can restore lost function, give you back your energy, and help you to thrive despite the disease.

And if you’re in the San Diego area, I can help both during your cancer battle and after, even if your treatment was years ago.

Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

Not in Southern California? I’m also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

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