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The Big Issue with Breast Cancer: How Your Weight Affects Your Risk

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4 Ways to Beat Breast Cancer

1. Watch your weight.

If your BMI (body mass index) is 25 or above, work to lose 10 percent of your weight.

2. Get moving.

Exercise for two to three hours a week for the ultimate protection, says Melinda Irwin, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology and public health at Yale School of Medicine. "Aim for 60 percent of your maximum oxygen intake, where you have to take a deep breath every other word if you're talking," she adds.

3. Schedule regular sweat sessions.

Chores don't have the same anticancer effect as working out, because "they tend to be start-and-stop," Irwin explains. "You could spend an hour in the garden and raise your heart rate for a total of just 15 minutes. When you exercise, you get continuous moderate-intensity activity."

4. Veg out.

Eat cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and kale. They contain isothiocyanates and indole-3-carbinol, compounds that may prevent the growth of tumors.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, November/December 2009.


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spirit_140 wrote:

I'm a breast cancer survivor and I'm overweight. I'm not obese but I'm chunky. My doctors did not discuss diet and exercise as a prevenative measure.But as I have been researching Diet and exercise seem to be the solution to most health issues. So I will be exercising and getting back to a healthy weight. Having cancer gives you motivation to prevent getting it again and if by eating better and exercising puts me at less risk, I'm on board!

10/4/2012 06:03:59 PM Report Abuse
kristie778 wrote:

I think the story is saying that being overweight increases your risk of cancer, not that being thin will protect you 100%. Of course thin people will get cancer too, but it is still beneficial to be at a healthy weight, have an active lifestyle and a nutritious diet.

10/8/2011 07:22:18 PM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

I got breast cancer at age 32 and was not heavy at that time. I also exercised daily. I had another bout with it ll years ago and was some heavier then but not much. Several of my friends have had the disease as well and are not heavy at all. I'm suspicious of the connection. - Kerrie

10/3/2011 04:24:51 PM Report Abuse
maiuria wrote:

Lots of healthy, thin women get breast cancer. Bottom line? No one knows what causes cancer, no one knows what cures cancer.

11/16/2009 09:58:35 AM Report Abuse

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