What Breast Cancer, Exercise, and Nutrition Have in Common

(Originally Posted on Jul 15, 2014)

As if you needed more reasons to live a healthy lifestyle, health care professionals are now saying there is a proven link between weight gain in adult women and breast cancer, a disease that 1 in 8 women will develop during their lifetime.

The good news? Nutrition and exercise are two things in your control when it comes to breast cancer prevention.

Why Does the Link Exist?

Most of the risk factors for breast cancer have to do with increased estrogen in the body, and obesity is no exception.

Estrogen is made in fatty tissue (particularly after menopause), which, in turn, increases the breast cancer risk.

This is why a combination of a healthy diet and exercise is so important, particularly for post-menopausal women, who have a harder time maintaining their weight and a higher risk for breast cancer in general.

Cancer Patients Don’t Move Enough

On top of the fact that a sedentary lifestyle contributes to breast cancer risk, women who develop cancer often stop exercising, for a variety of reasons. This is a grim statistic, as exercise is linked to improved survival ratesamong breast cancer patients.

In fact, a recent study found that only 35% of breast cancer patients meet the recommended exercise requirements after diagnosis. If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, it’s important to continue a regular exercise regime to help aid your treatment.

The American Cancer Society recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week.

Risk Factors

Any woman (or even man) can develop breast cancer, but there are definite risk factors that increase the chances, including:

Reduce Your Risk

While it’s not possible to completely eliminate your risk for developing breast cancer, there are steps you can take to lower that risk, such as:

Worried? Find a Doctor You Can Trust!

It can be scary to think you could have breast cancer, but there’s good news: most breast cancer cases respond well to treatment if caught early. Don’t wait!

For screening in the Palm Beach County areas, visit us at Palm Beach Obstetrics & Gynecology to put your mind at ease and to get information about breast health.

Our offices are conveniently located in Lake Worth, West Palm Beach, and Palm Beach Gardens. Call us today at (561) 434-0111 to schedule your appointment!







Dr. Sam Lederman

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