The American Cancer Society reports that in the U.S., a woman has a one-in-eight chance of developing breast cancer on average. A new report from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund reviewed more than 100 studies that looked at the relationship between breast cancer risk and diet, exercise and body weight. Researchers found that regular exercise was tied to small reductions in the risk of breast cancer. Women who were moderately active throughout the day tended to have a 13% lower risk of postmenopausal breast cancer, which is the most common type. For breast cancers that developed before menopause, only vigorous exercise was tied to a lower risk (17%) of the disease. Risk of developing breast cancer was also elevated among women who drank regularly, even at the moderate one drink per day level. This appeared to boost the odds of cancer by 5-9%. Women who were overweight throughout adulthood faced a heightened risk of breast cancer after menopause. For every 5 point increase in body mass index (BMI), the risk of breast increased by 12%. While some risk factors can’t be changed, such as age and having a family history of breast cancer, lifestyle choices can make a difference. Women should be mindful of the risk factors that they can influence and those they cannot and make choices that are right for them.
Founded in 1914, RVNA is an accredited non-profit Medicare-certified home healthcare agency that also supports public health and safety, and promotes the highest quality of life. RVNA provides compassionate care to all individuals, whether young or old, through a continuum of care that encompasses health care at home and in the community. RVNA also provides home health aides and companionship through a non-medical subsidiary called HomeCare by RVNA and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy in its Rehab by RVNA facility at 27 Governor Street, Ridgefield.
To Contact RVNA
Call RVNA at 203-438-5555. Visit RVNA at www.ridgefieldvna.org.