Diet and exercise may decrease risk of breast cancer
Oct 31, 2011
When it comes to preventing breast cancer, there isn't anything that someone can eat or do to completely prevent it. However, people can live a healthier lifestyle to reduce the risks, according to CNN Health.
"No single food or food component can protect you against cancer by itself," reports the American Institute for Cancer Research. "But scientists believe that the combination of foods in a predominantly plant-based diet may. There is evidence that the minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals in plant foods could interact in ways that boost their individual anti-cancer effects."
The same goes for weight, as the more overweight a woman is, especially after menopause, the greater their risk is of developing the disease, the media outlet reports.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. The disease is the second most common form of cancer among women behind skin cancer, and it is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer.