Women that are genetically predisposed to a higher risk of breast cancer can significantly reduce it by adopting a healthy lifestyle.
Recent research has shown that it does not matter whether you are more likely to develop breast cancer or not as long as you know how to protect yourself.
Prevention is a crucial element if you want to have a healthy life. Therefore, scientists explained that white women with a high risk of developing breast cancer who did not use hormone replacement therapy did not smoke, did not drink alcohol and maintained a healthy body index had almost the same risk of developing breast cancer as the other white women in the United States.
The average 30-year-old white woman usually has an 11% chance of developing breast cancer by 80 years old. A team of scientists made a National Health Interview Study which involved 20,000 healthy white women from the Breast and Prostate Cancer Cohort Consortium, 17,000 white women with breast cancer and other 6,000 female participants.
After analyzing them based on weight, age and the population incidence rates from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program from the National Cancer Institute, the results have shown that healthy lifestyle has a significant effect on reducing the risk of developing breast cancer.
However, further research is needed in order to establish the risk of breast cancer in other ethnic groups of women.
According to Nilanjan Chatterjee, lead author of the study, Ph.D. and a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biostatics at the Bloomberg School, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, people usually think that their genetic risk of developing breast cancer is something they cannot change.
Nevertheless, a healthy lifestyle based on daily or weekly physical exercise, no bad habits, and a healthy diet can significantly reduce these risks. Experts underline the importance of eating right, by explaining that 70% of the causes of every illness lie in the fact that people eat unhealthy food.
Breast cancer is a disease that took its toll on the women in the United States. However, scientists doubled their efforts to try and find a new strategy to tackle this problem. Plus, many organizations and volunteers throughout the U.S. are organizing every year many events dedicated to breast cancer survivors.