Coronation Street‘s Sally Whittaker has vowed to eat well and stay active to help prevent her cancer returning.

According to the Daily Express, specialists believe that women who put on weight during or after treatment are at a higher risk of the disease coming back.

Sally, who battled breast cancer at the same time as her Weatherfield character Sally Webster, told the newspaper: “I knew eating a good diet and trying to be active might help in the fight against it, but now I know if I don’t stay healthy I could be more at risk. I’ve really got to look after myself. It’s as simple as that.”

The actress put on 5lb during her radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment, and plans to shift the weight through exercise such as swimming, yoga and eventually taking up running again.

She is kick-starting her regime with a 10km fundraising walk in Manchester in aid of the Genesis appeal.

She will also watch her diet, which she admitted will be a ‘minefield’ because she enjoys the occasional takeaway and loves chocolate.

The actress sais: “As soon as you start to get your health back again you think: ‘I never want to be in that position again’, so there is no better time to do it. Once you get over the initial shock exercise makes you feel great.”

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