New Breast Cancer Research Shows Importance of Diet and Exercise

The article from The American Institute for Cancer Research titled “New Breast Cancer Research Shows Importance of Diet and Exercise” highlights key findings from recent research exploring the connections between physical activity, nutrition, and breast cancer survivorship. The research is part of the World Cancer Research Fund International’s Global Cancer Update Program (CUP Global). Here are the main points:

Impact of Body Weight

The research emphasises that maintaining a healthy body weight can contribute to both preventing breast cancer and improving survival rates after diagnosis. The review of 226 studies involving over 456,000 women with breast cancer indicates a strong link between higher post-diagnosis body weight and increased risk of death.

Role of Physical Activity

The analysis of 23 studies involving over 39,000 women with breast cancer suggests that physical activity can potentially lower the risk of death following a breast cancer diagnosis. There’s also some evidence that physical activity could reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence. While the evidence is considered limited, staying physically active is recommended for cancer survivors to enhance their overall well-being.

Diet’s Influence

The research examines 108 studies with more than 151,000 women with breast cancer. It suggests that a diet rich in dietary fibre from sources like whole grains, pulses, vegetables, and fruits could lead to improved survival rates. Additionally, consuming soy foods such as tofu and edamame might reduce the risk of death and breast cancer recurrence. While the evidence is limited, following a healthy diet high in fibre, fruits, and vegetables is recommended.

Quality of Life

The article underscores the positive impact of exercise on the quality of life for women with breast cancer. An analysis of 79 studies involving 14,554 women suggests that increased physical activity can lead to improvements in health-related quality of life. This includes aspects like overall health, physical well-being, and daily functioning.

Personal Story

Maxine Bergman, a breast cancer survivor, relies on research and advice from AICR to make lifestyle choices. Her experience highlights the importance of taking care of one’s body through exercise and nutritious eating.

Future Research

Dr. Nigel Brockton, Vice President of Research at AICR, notes that the institute’s ongoing research aims to provide evidence-based information to support individuals living with and beyond cancer. AICR will continue funding research into cancer and lifestyle to develop practical recommendations.

In conclusion, the research highlighted in the article underscores the significance of maintaining a healthy body weight, engaging in physical activity, and adopting a nutritious diet in preventing breast cancer, improving survival rates, and enhancing the quality of life for those affected by the disease.

Read the full article from The American Institute for Cancer Research at New Breast Cancer Research Shows Importance of Diet and Exercise.

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Aug 24, 2023


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