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What's Best for Your Breasts

04. October 2010

What’s Best for Your Breasts? Try Eating Less and Moving More.

Last year, 40 thousand women lost their lives to breast cancer. Two hundred thousand more were diagnosed with the dreaded disease. Despite all the best efforts of medical scientists and researchers – those numbers continue to climb.

That’s the bad news. Now this. Up to a third of breast cancer cases in the U.S. could be avoided if women ate less and exercised more. I know. You’ve heard it all before. Those holistic, new-age, wacko health nuts have been prattling on about diet and exercise for decades. Well, guess what gals? The medical community now agrees. The “health nuts” are right!

While better treatments, early diagnosis and mammogram screenings have dramatically slowed the progression of breast cancer, experts worldwide say the focus should now shift to changing behaviors such as diet and physical activity.

According to the World Health Organization, 25 to 30 percent of breast cancer cases could be avoided if women were thinner and exercised more. At a recent international conference on breast cancer, Dr. Carlo La Vecchia, head of epidemiology at the University of Milan said, “What can be achieved with screening has been achieved. We can’t do much more. It’s time to get on to other things.”

Those “other things” include moving more and eating less. It’s that simple. No magic bullets. No miracle pills.

Eating less also means eating smart. Choose foods in their whole form as often as possible. Whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruits, lean meats and fish. (Come on. You know this!) Avoid the stuff that’s still edible after years in your pantry. And take it easy on the booze and junk food – special occasions only!

If you need another reason to lean down, how about this? Obsese women are up to 60 percent more likely to develop ANY cancer than normal weight women. No one’s passing judgment here … just the facts.

And then ladies, it’s time to move! Our high tech world, while certainly making our lives easier, is also robbing us of our need to move. These days we have to intentionally, purposefully move or we’re going to die young. It’s that simple. 

So run, walk, ride a bike or swim. Take a Pilates, spin, stretching or strength class. Park at the far end of the lot. Take the stairs. At work, deliver that e-mail message in person! Every step counts. Every food choice makes a difference.

There’s enough in life you can’t control. When it comes to breast cancer, take charge … because that “magic bullet” may just be YOU!

Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@palomarhealth.org.