Almost one-third of breast cancer cases worldwide could be prevented if women maintained a healthy weight and became more physically active. That's according to research presented at the European Breast Cancer Conference. Data for the report came from the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer.
The results confirm recommendations from the American Institute of Cancer Research, which last September released a review of research into lifestyle and breast cancer, that suggested 40 percent of cases of breast cancer (70,000 cases a year) are preventable. The report shows that women can reduce their risk of breast cancer by maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active, drinking less alcohol and breastfeeding their children.
Are YOU Active Enough?
• Because of the link between excess body fat and cancer, AICR recommends aiming to be as lean as possible without becoming underweight.
• AICR also recommends being physically active for at least 30 minutes every day.
• If you drink alcohol, limit consumption to two drinks a day for a man and one for a woman.
Fitness Instructor Donna Richardson-Joyner champions exercise programs for women. Research shows that physical activity helps reduce women's risk of breast cancer.