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Can a healthy diet help prevent breast cancer?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Maybe: Studies have shown that obesity, especially after menopause, is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. The effects of a high-fat diet are little less clear-cut, with conflicting data.
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Yes, partly: You can't completely prevent breast cancer with diet alone. However, a diet low in animal fat, low in alcohol (less than 4 drinks per week), and low in total calories will decrease your risk of breast cancer. Fat cells make estrogen, so if you are overweight, decreasing your weight and exercising regularly has been proven to decrease your risk!
Dr. Sean Canale
Dr. Sean Canale commented
Breast Surgery 30 years experience
There is also increasing data that a healthy balanced diet and regular exercise has a positive effect for breast cancer survivors - reducing recurrence and improving survival.
Dec 28, 2011
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
Yep: Obesity increases your risk of developing several different types of cancers.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How can you prevent breast cancer from happening?

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Dr. Susan Cash
General Surgery 31 years experience
You can't: The biggest risk is being female and getting older. Other risk factors include having babies after 30, not having any babies at all, menopause at a later age, or hormone replacement therapy. Less than10% of people who develop breast cancer have an inherited gene, called the brca gene. Get your mammograms yearly to detect it early when cure is highest. Exercise, and stay at your ideal weight.

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