A recent report by Carlo La Vecchia, head of the department of epidemiology at the University of Milan, indicated that if women were to eat less and exercise more, their risk of developing breast cancer would be reduced by as much as 30 percent. Their findings, which are in general agreement with multiple other studies, indicate that regular, vigorous exercise and maintenance of normal weight are associated with significant reduction in the risk of developing breast cancer. This is a very important finding and deserves the attention it is receiving. It is common for both physicians and patients to blame cancer diagnoses on unavoidable influences, such as family history, or some yet to be identified environmental factor, such as DDT or Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR).
Thinking of breast cancer as a disease that may be influenced by our behavior is a positive way of dealing with the issue. Since being a woman is the single biggest risk factor for developing breast cancer, and the average lifetime risk for a woman is one in eight, all women should be aware of the things they can do to lower their risk. The […]