Susan G Komen Orange County is a non-profit organization working hard to support breast health and breast cancer awareness initiatives in our local communities. These efforts include an annual lecture series dedicated to informing women about breast health topics including prevention, screening, diagnostics, treatment and survivorship.
I was honored to participate in their 2013 Breast Health Education series with my lecture entitled “You Are What You Eat.” More than 200 women attended the talk – the question and answer portion was fantastic. During my 2013 talk on how diet can affect your risk of breast cancer, I shared perspectives on how dietary changes may reduce the risk of new breast cancer events and recurrence in those who have had breast cancer.
When Susan G Komen Orange County asked me to kick-off its 2014 Breast Health Education Series, I was thrilled. My talk this year, entitled “Innovations in Diet and Cancer Prevention”, will provide insights into how lifestyle changes can reduce cancer risk. I look forward to sharing new data on breast cancer and nutrition, which will hopefully help you to make healthy choices to improve your well-being.
- When: Thursday, September 18. 6:00 – 8:00pm.
- Where: Norman P. Murray Community Center. 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, California. 92692.
- I hope to see you there. Our RSVP form can be found here.
Introduction to Nutrition in Breast Cancer Prevention & Treatment
There is no single way to completely eliminate your risk for developing breast cancer. Some risk factors simply cannot be changed. These include age, genetics, family history and race. However, there are some risk factors that you do have control over. Some research shows that adjusting your diet and activity level can help to prevent breast cancer.
Becoming physically active or maintaining healthy physical activity levels is essential to reducing your risk for breast cancer. One study, published September 2003 in Journal of the American Medical Association, suggested that walking just 2.5 hours per week could help to reduce breast cancer risk.
While the effect of diet on breast cancer risk is not fully understood, a healthy diet – one that combines a variety of fruits and vegetables with some lean meat while avoiding saturated fats – can help to prevent many health conditions. Obesity is also thought to be a risk factor for breast cancer, so eating a healthy diet to help maintain a healthy weight can be beneficial.
After a diagnosis has been made, physical activity and a healthy diet can aid patients during treatment. Eating well can help to restore strength and energy, manage side effects of treatment, reduce risk of infection and promote recovery. About 90 percent of women live at least five years following breast cancer, so it is important to maintain a diet and lifestyle that promote overall well-being.
2014 Susan G Komen Orange County Lecture Series
To learn more about guidelines available to help you make informed decisions about your health and diet, I hope that you will join me on September 18. The session will be held at the Norman P. Murray Center from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in Mission Viejo. At Breastlink, we believe knowledge is empowerment and we support efforts, such as the Susan G Komen Orange County Education Series, aimed at educating women.