Breast Cancer: Prevention?

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about breast cancer, in recognition of national Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Early detection is a good way to prevent breast cancer deaths, but is there a way to prevent breast cancer?

In news reports and advertisements, we hear a lot about superfoods that supposedly help fight cancer. Dr. David Euhus, a cancer genetics expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says there haven’t been any studies showing that any particular foods can prevent cancer. Certain foods that reduced cancer rates in animal studies haven’t had the same results in humans. One way you might be able to reduce breast cancer risk through diet is by eating less sugar. High insulin levels have been linked to increased breast cancer rates. Studies have also shown that frequent exercise reduces breast cancer rates.


October 2011

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