Study confirms lifestyle link to breast cancer
From today’s Irish Times
Experts have gathered the strongest evidence yet that a woman’s lifestyle is linked to her risk of developing breast cancer.The biggest ever review of research into the issue has concluded that women should limit alcohol intake, take exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight.
More than four out of 10 cases of breast cancer could be prevented if women took steps to adopt healthier lifestyles, experts have predicted.
Deciding to breastfeed their babies is another important factor in helping cut the chance of developing the disease.
The latest study, from experts at the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), is an update on its cancer prevention report published in 2007, which looked at many different types of the disease.
Prof Martin Wiseman, medical and scientific adviser for the WCRF, said: “We are now more sure than ever before that by limiting the amount of alcohol they drink, maintaining a healthy weight and being physically active, women can make a significant difference to their risk.”
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