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Research Highlights Links Between Body Fat and Cancer

A review of 7,000 studies finds that keeping a healthy body weight and avoiding excessive red meat and wine are critical for lowering cancer risk.
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A report from the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) confirms that there are a number of very important links between diet and lifestyle factors and cancer, including breast cancer. The report is a summary of findings from over 7,000 research studies from around the world. Since so many studies were closely reviewed, the findings are very believable and hard to debate.
Keeping slim turned out to be one of the most important things a woman or man can do to lower the risk of cancer. Because the hormones that can influence breast cells and the development of breast cancer are made in fat tissue, excess body fat can increase a woman's chance of developing breast cancer after menopause.
Here is a list of some of the report's most important recommendations for any woman who wants to lower her risk of breast cancer:
  • Maintain the body weight that's ideal for you.
  • Eat a diet low in fat and rich in fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid red and processed meats, simple carbohydrates, and salt.
  • If you have a baby, breast-feed for at least the first 6 months.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Engage in regular exercise of moderate intensity.
These aren't just solid recommendations for women who want to lower their breast cancer risk. They are important recommendations for all women and all men (except for the breast feeding!) who want to improve their overall health and lower their overall cancer risk.
You can take a look at the entire WCRF report.
Visit the Lower Your Risk section for more guidance on steps you can take to lower your own risk of breast cancer.

— Last updated on February 22, 2022, 10:06 PM

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