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Does diet affect my breast cancer risk?

Janelle C. Sanda, MD
Internal Medicine
Scientists have long tried to figure out whether there's a connection between diet and breast cancer . In this video, Dr. Janelle Sanda explains what research has shown.
The American Institute for Cancer Research and the American Cancer Society have published evidence-based reports that outline how diet may affect cancer risk, including breast cancer. The evidence summarized in these guidelines suggests that body weight, physical activity, alcohol consumption, and intake of processed meats may affect breast cancer risk. In order to reduce risk, recommendations include:
  • achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight
  • being physically active for 150 minutes per week
  • drinking no more than 1 alcohol containing beverage in a day, if you drink at all
  • avoiding processed meats

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