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  • Malnutrition can occur if you are eating less than your body needs, if you are eating the wrong kinds of foods, or if your body is unable to digest and absorb your food.
  • Under-nutrition is a form of malnutrition that occurs when your body takes in less energy, protein and other nutrients than it needs.
  • People with cancer are at higher risk of malnutrition compared with the rest of the population.
  • Early identification of the risk of malnutrition and early diagnosis of malnutrition is important so that it can be treated as soon as possible.
  • A dietitian can design an appropriate diet for you to help you prevent or manage malnutrition or weight loss, which can affect treatment and recovery from cancer.

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Reviewed on: 30-11-2014