Healthy Weight, Diet Showing Big Drop In Breast Cancer Risks For Women – CBS New York
CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez reports on the new development.
“I am learning that there are many ways to eat healthier and love what you are eating,” said Arrington.
“There are certain things we cannot control about breast cancer recurring or developing in the first place,” said Dr. Elisa Port. “The very interesting thing about this study is that this shows us there are things we can control things like diet, maintaining a healthy body weight.”
The study, being presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting, looked at nearly 49,000 post-menopausal women. One group adopted a low fat diet for 8 years, while the other group continued their normal diet. The women who ate low fat were diagnosed with fewer breast cancers.
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Hogan tells patients to eat less red meat and processed foods and sprinkle in some healthy plant-based fats from olive oil, nuts, seeds, and avocados.
Arrington says while she was already eating very healthy before her diagnosis, she’s never felt better.
“When I got diagnosed, it broke my heart because I thought I did all the right things,” she said. “I am just living more than ever now. And I am excited about life and I love life.”
That and exercise are the best ways to reduce your risk for breast and many other cancers.