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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

42 Percent of Breast Cancer Can be Prevented by Lifestyle Change

Jakarta, breast cancer remains a scourge of its own for most women. But it was 42 percent of breast cancers could be prevented by making lifestyle changes.

A new report says the development of a potentially fatal disease each year, can be prevented if a person doing regular exercise, reducing alcohol consumption and have a better diet.

World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) recommends people to do half an hour of physical exercise every day, limiting alcohol consumption and to reduce excess weight.

"This shows that we must raise awareness about what can be done by a woman to prevent breast cancer," said Dr. Rachel Thompson, as deputy head of science WCRF, as quoted by the Telegraph, Tuesday (10/05/2011).

Some evidence suggests that people who rarely do physical activity, excessive alcohol consumption and obesity can increase the risk of breast cancer.

The latest figures show there are 47,600 women with breast cancer in 2008, with a quarter of people who have died in this cancer. But WCRF estimates that about 20,000 or 42 percent of these cases could be prevented by developing a healthy lifestyle.

Recommendations that can be done to prevent cancer, including maintaining the body stay fit, to limit consumption of fatty, salty foods and foods containing sugar, eating fruit, vegetables, beans, reduce the intake of red meat and processed as well as choose a balanced diet.

"The choice of a women's lifestyle can reduce the risk of breast cancer, because there are other factors contributing as well as genetic and environmental factors," said Dr. Rachel Greig, Senior Policy Officer of Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

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