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More Evidence That Healthy Living Combats Breast Cancer

Add this to your list of reasons to live healthily: more research is showing that exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding excessive alcohol can help prevent breast cancer. According to data released today from the World Cancer Research Fund charity, at least four out of 10 breast cancer cases in the UK could be prevented by healthy lifestyle changes.

The conclusions are based on data culled from 950 research papers around the world. The study found that breastfeeding is also a major factor in reducing one's risk of breast cancer. Here's more from the study:

The charity recommends that both men and women aim to be as lean as possible without becoming underweight. A healthy body mass index (BMI) is between 18 and 25. . . . The charity also recommends at least 30 minutes of exercise a day and, if alcohol is drunk at all, it be limited to two drinks a day for a man and one for a woman.

If you're looking for ways to prevent breast cancer, it's hard to argue with exercise. Physical activity reduces body fat, thereby lowering cancer-promoting hormones such as estrogen. Researchers have also found that women with a higher body mass index have a higher likelihood of developing breast cancer.

Do you count cancer-prevention among your reasons to exercise?

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Vsugar Vsugar 7 years
I suspect that the breast cancer--estrogen link is also linked to the liver, which is why drinking is so much worse for women than men - the liver processes estrogen. So I think it likely that if the liver is busy processing heavy fats, alcohol, and other toxins, it can't do it's job processing estrogen properly, leading to increased breast cancer risk. Cut heavy fats, processed foods, alcohol and other things that exhaust your liver!! It's so good for you in so many ways.
tripleee tripleee 7 years
absolutely!
cg130 cg130 7 years
I totally believe that cancer-prevention is linked to a healthy lifestyle. It makes perfect sense.
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