Take care of your body
In the last ten years, more and more studies based on longtime follow-up of millions of patients, have come to the same conclusion: lifestyle improvements to weight management, physical activity, nutrition and alcohol consumption will contribute to a healthier way of life that can help minimise the risk for breast cancer.
The generally accepted recommendations are based on a number of proven facts:
- For postmenopausal women, there's a 1.5 to 2.0 times increased risk of breast cancer if a woman is obese. Body fatness is suggested to increase cancer risk as a result of hyperinsulinemia, increased estradiol, and inflammation;
- It is estimated that physical activity alone could prevent one in eight breast cancer cases;
- Alcohol is responsible for 6.4% of breast cancer cases. Any amount of alcohol increases the risk of breast cancer and the more a woman drinks, the higher her risk;
- There is a significant inverse relationship between non-starch vegetable consumption and a lower risk of breast cancer.
Simple advice for most people could be summarised in two sentences:
- Do physical activities like walking, running or biking, if possible several times a week.
- Take care of what you eat and drink: avoid being overweight and don't drink too much alcohol.
Although most of the people are fully aware of this advice, still it remains an obstacle.
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