Healthy lifestyle helps prevent breast cancer

Taking half an hour of physical exercise, limiting alcohol consumption wards off breast cancer risk.

London: Women can prevent the occurrence of the fatal breast cancer by adopting a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating healthy, curbing alcohol and exercising, according to a study.

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has recommended taking half an hour of physical exercise a day, limiting alcohol consumption to just one drink daily and losing weight to ward off the risk of breast cancer.

“It is very worrying that in the UK there are still tens of thousands of cases of breast cancer which could be prevented every year. Breast cancer can be prevented by cutting down on drinking, being more physically active and carrying less body fat,” a newspaper quoted Dr Rachel Thompson, Deputy Head of Science at WCRF, as saying.

“There is convincing evidence that alcohol consumption increases the risk of breast cancer. In postmenopausal women there is convincing evidence that body fatness also increases risk and there is evidence that regular physical activity probably reduces the risk of breast cancer,” she added.

Statistics reveal that 47,600 women developed breast cancer in 2008, with a quarter of those having tumours, later dying.

However, the WCRF estimates that 42 percent of these cases, around 20,000 cancers could have been prevented if women developed healthier lifestyles.


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