AICR: Diet, Lifestyle Has Significant Impact on Breast CA Risk

Drinking just one glass of wine or other alcoholic drink a day increases the risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new report.

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Apart from establishing the fact that even one drink a day increases breast cancer risk, the WCRF report found that moderate exercise can help lessen breast cancer risk in both postmenopausal and premenopausal women.

"With this comprehensive and up-to-date report the evidence is clear: Having a physically active lifestyle, maintaining a healthy weight throughout life and limiting alcohol - these are all steps women can take to lower their risk", McTiernan said. McTiernan added that wine, beer, and spirits are all responsible for increasing breast cancer risk. Vigorous exercise, on the other hand, decreases it, according to the same study conducted by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, with over 252,000 new cases estimated this year.

To validate their hypothesis, the researchers examined and evaluated data from 119 studies.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates a standard drink contains.6 ounces of alcohol - roughly twice the.35 ounce amount linked to breast cancer risk by the AICR. Mothers who breastfeed, however, were found to have a lower breast cancer risk.

World Health Organization also said that breast cancer can occur in men, rare though, accounting for less than 1 per cent of cancer incidences and mortality among men in the U.S.

There was also "limited but suggestive" evidence eating non-starch leafy vegetables such as cabbage, kale, rocket and spinach decreased the risk oestrogen-receptor (ER) negative breast cancer, a less common but harder-to-treat type of tumour.

On the positive side, vigorous exercise was associated with a 17 percent lower risk in pre-menopausal women, and a 10 percent lower risk in post-menopausal women.

"There are no guarantees when it comes to cancer, but it's empowering to know you can do something to lower your risk", explained Alice Bender, MS, RDN, AICR's Head of Nutrition Programs. If your close relatives had breast cancer, you may have higher risks to develop one.

  • Joanne Flowers