HEALTHY LIFESTYLE AND BREAST CANCER
ANCHOR LEAD: ONCE AGAIN, RESEARCH SHOWS THAT MAKING HEALTHY CHOICES CAN REDUCE A WOMAN’S RISK OF BREAST CANCER, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
You can choose to reduce your risk of almost any disease, including breast cancer, by making healthy lifestyle choices. That’s the take home message of a meta-analysis by the American Institute for Cancer Research. Ben Park, a breast cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, isn’t surprised.
PARK: Pretty much everything that makes sense in terms of healthy lifestyle has actually now been shown with good credible data to be true as far as reducing the risk of breast cancer. This doesn’t necessarily mean that women who follow all these guidelines are going to be completely immune from getting breast cancer but it’s all about risk reduction. Limiting the amount of alcohol, limiting the amount of sugar, processed foods, exercising, living at an ideal body weight, these are all common sense things that protect not just against breast cancer but a lot of different diseases. :29
Park says other prudent strategies include regular mammography and assessment of one’s family history to assess risk. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.