New Study on Breast Cancer Prevention Confirms AICR Recommendations
At the European Breast Cancer Conference, researchers reported that almost one-third of breast cancer cases worldwide could be prevented if women were at healthy weights and more physically active. The estimate was based on data from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a part of the World Health Organization.
(Media-Newswire.com) - At the European Breast Cancer Conference, researchers reported that almost one-third of breast cancer cases worldwide could be prevented if women were at healthy weights and more physically active. The estimate was based on data from the International Agency for Research on Cancer ( IARC ), a part of the World Health Organization.
In September of 2009, AICR released the largest review of research into lifestyle and breast cancer ever conducted which reinforced their previous findings that women can reduce their risk by maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active, drinking less alcohol and breastfeeding their children. This review was an update to the breast cancer chapter of Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective, the expert report published by AICR/WCRF in 2007.
We are pleased that another international organization has confirmed what AICR concluded earlier, said AICR Director of Research Susan Higginbotham, PhD, RD. We estimate that in the U.S. almost 40 per cent of breast cancer cases or about 70,000 cases every year could be prevented by making these everyday changes.
AICR Recommendations: Because of the link between excess body fat and cancer, AICR recommends aiming to be as lean as possible without becoming underweight. AICR also recommends being physically active for at least 30 minutes every day. If you drink at all, limit consumption to two drinks a day for a man and one for a woman. AICR also recommends that mothers breastfeed exclusively for up to six months and then add other liquids and foods. Evidence is convincing that mothers who breastfeed reduce their risk for breast cancer. There is also probable evidence that children who are breastfed have a lower risk of gaining excess weight as they grow. Read the AOL news story on the European Breast Cancer Conference.
The American Institute for Cancer Research ( AICR ) is the cancer charity that fosters research on the relationship of nutrition, physical activity and weight management to cancer risk, interprets the scientific literature and educates the public about the results. It has contributed more than $91 million for innovative research conducted at universities, hospitals and research centers across the country. AICR has published two landmark reports that interpret the accumulated research in the field, and is committed to a process of continuous review. AICR also provides a wide range of educational programs to help millions of Americans learn to make dietary changes for lower cancer risk. Its award-winning New American Plate program is presented in brochures, seminars and on its website, www.aicr.org. AICR is a member of the World Cancer Research Fund International.
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