5.2.1 Preventing recurrence

Not smoking, eating a healthy diet, being sun smart, avoiding or limiting alcohol intake, being physically active and maintaining a healthy body weight may help reduce the risk of primary recurrence or a second primary cancer.

Encourage and support all cancer survivors to reduce modifiable risk factors for recurrence as well as other chronic diseases. Ongoing coordination of care between providers should also deal with any comorbidities, particularly ongoing complex and life-threatening comorbid conditions. Patients should also be encouraged to initiate appointments with the health practitioner responsible for follow-up care between scheduled appointments if symptoms become apparent. Recurrence of endometrial cancer is often symptomatic, when it occurs in the vaginal vault, usually within the first two years of initial treatment.