Great information from one of our carriers Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield!
While diet and lifestyle habits aren’t the only ways to lower your risk of breast cancer, they may be good places to start.
Diet is being studied as a risk factor for breast cancer. Studies show that in populations that consume a high-fat diet, women are more likely to die of breast cancer than women in populations that consume a low-fat diet. It is not known if a diet low in fat will prevent breast cancer. Studies also show that certain vitamins may decrease a woman’s risk of breast cancer, especially premenopausal women at high risk. Exercise, especially in young women, may decrease hormone levels and contribute to a decreased breast cancer risk. Breast feeding may also decrease a woman’s risk of breast cancer. Studies suggest that the consumption of alcohol is associated with a slight increase in the risk of developing breast cancer. Postmenopausal weight gain, especially after natural menopause and/or after age 60, may increase breast cancer risk.
For more information on women’s health, visit anthem.com. Also visit the following sites:
National Cancer Institute – www.cancer.gov
American Cancer Society – www.cancer.org
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – www.cdc.gov
National Institutes of Health – www.nih.gov