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November 2009 Issue

Gain a Fighting Edge Over Breast Cancer through Diet and Lifestyle

Let’s face it. The statistics for breast cancer are alarming. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that 192,370 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2009. Of those, 40,610 will die. On the positive side, these numbers represent an overall decrease since the 1990s, which researchers attribute to a decrease in the number of women on hormone replacement therapy. Although it doesn’t look like we can prevent breast cancer altogether, you can shift the odds in your favor by making lifestyle changes—changes that should sound familiar to all of us: Eat a healthful diet that includes plenty of plant foods, stay active, maintain a healthy weight and drink alcohol only moderately or not at all. In a recent American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)/World Cancer Research Fund research review—the largest to look at lifestyle and breast cancer ever conducted—it was found that women can reduce their risk by 40 percent through such lifestyle changes.

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